(Persia Digest) – A analyst of nuclear issues in Iran believes: “Despite Iran's commitment to non-nuclear proliferation in the present and future, France is seeking to disarm Iran’s defensive missile capabilities in a region where the military balance of power has been upset by Westerners.”

France claims that Iran’s defensive missile program is in conflict with the UNSCR 2231, which clearly states that ‘Iran is called upon’ to stop its ballistic missile test-fires capable of carrying nuclear weapons. It does not ban Iran from its activities.

Hassan Beheshtipour, an analyst of nuclear issues, told Persia Digest (PD) in an interview: “The UNSCR 2231 is not connected to Iran’s missile capabilities and the false claims of destabilizing the Middle East, which is constantly repeated. It is the wishes of the US and certain media outlets who want to link these issues together.”

He continued: “The statements of French authorities about Iran’s defensive missile program do not mean they oppose the JCPOA or want to end their efforts to startup the SPV mechanism. It means they are trying to take away Iran’s only means of defending itself. Iran has the experience of France’s military aid and equipment sent to Iraq during Saddam’s eight-year war with our country. Therefore, Tehran is seeking to increase its defensive means within the framework of international law.”

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He added: “Undeniably, Iran wishes to promote its defensive missile program against enemy threats such as Israel; but the French deny the fact that the UNSCR 2231 simply ‘calls upon Iran’ not to produce missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.”

This analyst underlined: “Nuclear weapons hold no place in Iran’s nuclear doctrine. The Supreme Leader has also issued an official fatwa banning the use of nuclear weapons. The fatwa was registered at the UN prior to the signature of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. Iran has committed not to manufacture nuclear weapons in the present and future under the JCPOA.”

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Beheshtipour reiterated: “With regard to the above points, the question arises as to how Iran is pursuing the manufacture of missiles carrying nuclear warheads?! In particular when, according to experts, such rockets must be designed from the start to carry such warheads. Not all missiles can carry nuclear warheads.”

He reiterated: “France and the UK are supplying Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait with the latest armaments, thus upsetting the regional military balance against Iran. Therefore, if the West is truly seeking regional and world security, it must in the first instance disarm aggressive countries such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, or stop arming them. How else do they expect Iran to stop manufacturing conventional defensive and offensive missiles?”

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