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Tehran's missile production 'increased three-fold' - commander

Tehran's missile production 'increased three-fold' - commander

A top officer in Iran's Revolutionary Guards suggested that former US President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran had enabled this increase by removing strict worldwide oversight of Iranian military activity.

With that in mind, Iran's government-controlled Fars news agency reported on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic has tripled its production of missiles.

France's foreign minister visited Iran on Monday on a delicate mission to reaffirm Europe's support for a nuclear deal that opened Iran's economy, while echoing USA concern about its missile program and role in regional conflicts.

"As we have announced several times in the past and announce it once again, the country's defense capabilities and power are not subject to negotiations and bargaining", Ayatollah Khamenei said in a graduation ceremony of Army cadets at the time.

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Iran rebuffed French FM Le Drian's calls to curb its missile program after a day of tense discussions in Tehran on Monday aimed at salvaging its historic nuclear deal.

After Drian's comment, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the pressing concern of maintaining the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran's missile program has been heavily criticized by the USA and is being used as an excuse to thwart the nuclear deal stuck with the country, because it "compromises the security of the Jewish state". "While its collapse will signify that political negotiations are a waste of time".

"The president has also made clear that if the fatal flaws of the nuclear deal are not fixed, he will walk away from the deal and restore sanctions", the prime minister said. Trump has threatened to discard the nuclear deal if the terms are not satisfactory to his liking. The United States and other Western countries say the tests are a violation of the UN resolution enshrining the 2015 nuclear deal.


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