0555 GMT February 18, 2018
“Iran’s missile activities, which are aimed at defending the country, are legitimate,” Justin Vaïsse, the head of the French Foreign Ministry’s Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy, said during a meeting with, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian parliament in Tehran.
The French official also called for preserving the historic nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was reached between Iran and major world powers in 2015.
The French official said a “logical” way must be followed up in a bid to maintain the JCPOA.
US President Donald Trump claims that Iran's development of ballistic missiles is in breach of the nuclear agreement it has struck with the P+1 group (the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) and a UN resolution that endorses it.
Trump has been pressuring France, the UK and Germany to rectify what he calls the "significant flaws" of the deal.
Iran has repeatedly said its missile program has a defensive and deterrent nature and that the country’s missile capabilities have so far played an “effective” role in improving regional peace and stability.
Tehran has also stressed that the JCPOA will remain non-negotiable.
During the meeting, Boroujerdi demanded that the European Union adopt a more “serious” stance against Washington’s anti-Iran decisions.
He blamed regional crisis on the US policies in the Middle East which aim to “alter the political structure of regional countries”.
The Iranian parliamentarian stressed that such policies are doomed to failure.