March 4, 2018 / 1:11 PM / 4 months ago

France tells Iran risks sanctions if ballistic missile issue not handled

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister told Iran ahead of a visit to Tehran on Monday that the country needed to address concerns over its ballistic missile programme or risked new sanctions.

French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“There are ballistic programmes of missiles that can reach several thousand kilometres which are not compatible with U.N. Security Council resolutions and exceed the sole need of defending Iran’s borders,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

“If not tackled head on, this country risks new sanctions,” he added.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Alexander Smith

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