The launch of discord. France “condemned” Friday the launch of a rocket by Tehran the day before when negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program have resumed and are, according to her, in full “progress”.
“France condemns this launch, which is not in conformity with the resolution 2231 of the Security Council of the United Nations”, indicated the French diplomacy in a press release. “These activities are all the more regrettable as they come at a time when we are making progress in the nuclear negotiations in Vienna.”
Iran said Thursday it launched a rocket carrying three space research devices into space.
Paris disapproves of the launch
“Due to the close proximity of the technologies used for space launches and ballistic fire, this launch directly contributes to Iran’s already worrying progress in its ballistic missile program. The role of the Ministry of Defense in this launch testifies to the close link between these two programs ”, estimates the Quai d’Orsay.
“This launch also follows the firing of ballistic missiles on December 24”, also not in accordance with resolution 2231 which “calls on Iran not to carry out activities linked to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of carrying weapons. nuclear ”, he argues.
Iranian nuclear negotiations
This rocket fire comes in the midst of talks to save the Vienna Accord. They were relaunched at the end of November, after a five-month hiatus, between Tehran and the countries still party to the pact (France, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, China).
The negotiations aim to bring back into the agreement the United States, which had left it in 2018 and had reinstated sanctions against Iran. Washington is participating in it indirectly.