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Iranian officials vow to continue ballistic missile program despite pressure from US

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In his meeting with Foreign Minister Le Drian, Zarif also said Iran's military power is for deterrence.

Le Drian said there was "still a lot of work to do" on Iran's missile programme after meeting with top officials, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

A USA exit could kill the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Tehran has refused to renegotiate.

On Saturday, Deputy Chief of Staff and Spokesman of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri announced that Tehran will hold talks on its missile program only if the United States and European countries destroy their atomic warheads and long-range missiles.

French diplomatic source reported Le Drian saying: "We're not going to be Donald Trump's envoys or Iran's defence lawyers".

Iranian university students gathered at Tehran's global Mehrabad airport at on Sunday night to protest Le Drian's visit and his remarks against the country's missile program, calling on Tehran to continue progress "in defense fields".

IAEA director general Yukiya Amano said on Monday that losing the nuclear deal "would be a great loss for nuclear verification and for multilateralism".

Zarif stressed that Iran can not be pushed around and warned that "any action to satisfy the party that has most violated the nuclear agreement is useless".

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Shamkhani also said the European signatories of a nuclear deal - reached between Tehran and major powers in 2015- were wrong to "make concessions" to US President Donald Trump, who has criticized the accord.

Last month, an IAEA report showed that Iran was continuing to abide by the deal's key measures. "Do we tell France how it should defend itself?" he told the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Iranian officials have repeatedly said that the country's missile and nuclear programs are intended for defensive purposes and are non-negotiable as they are "for peaceful purposes".

On February 13, French President Emmanuel Macron said Iran's ballistic missile program must be placed under global surveillance.

Tehran supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against rebels, including groups backed by the West, and backs Israel's enemy Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The visit was originally scheduled for January but postponed due to a week of violent protests in Iran.

According to Rouhani's website, the president countered by Le Drian's comments by telling Macron that countries selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies must answer for the "war crimes" that are being committed in Yemen's civil war.

"We want to preserve the nuclear deal because it is working, it's robust and because the Iranians are respecting it", his team told AFP ahead of the visit.

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