Iran condemns French FM comments on its regional policies

TEHRAN, Jul. 07 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said that short-sighted political interests should not lead the French government to distort Iran’s constructive policies in the region.

The Iranian spokesman made the remarks in a talk with ISNA on Friday, responding to the latest anti-Iran accusations by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Interviewing with RTL Radio before arriving in Vienna on Friday, Le Drian had said that the Islamic Republic's missile program is not aimed at defending the country.

The Islamic Republic’s experiences in recent decades, including the west-sponsored Iraqi aggression against the country in 1980s, has taught Tehran that it needs to boost its missile power as an effective deterrence, Ghasemi highlighted.

“Iran’s missile activities are against no country and it is only for defensive purposes,” he emphasized.

The spokesman went on to say that Tehran itself is a big victim of terrorist attacks and it has spared no chance to fight terrorism.

“It is the Islamic Republic’s principled policy to fight terrorism and this policy has so far produced positive results in the region and the world,” he said, referring to Iran’s support for anti-terrorism push in Syria and Iraq that succeeded in neutralizing ISIL.

Iran has worked to promote stability, security and economic development in the region, he added.

“We see our interests in consolidating security and peace in the region and we have been working to cooperate with regional countries to reach this end,” he said.

“Such anti-Iran allegations are wrong and unfair and result from lack of information about the situation in the region,” Ghasemi added.

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