Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll issued the demand after President Hassan Rouhani announced two satellites would be sent into space using Iran-made missiles. Ms von der Muhll said: “France recalls that the Iranian missile programme is not conform with UN Security Council Resolution 2231. It calls on Iran to immediately cease all ballistic missile-related activities designed to carry nuclear weapons, including tests using ballistic missile technology.”

Iran, which considers its space programme a matter of national pride, insists its space vehicle launches and missile tests are not violations of UN resolution and will continue.

Mr Rouhani said: “In the coming weeks, we will put two satellites into space using our Iran-made missiles.”

Under the resolution that enshrined Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers – which Washington pulled out of last spring – the country is “called upon” to refrain from work for up to eight years on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons.

Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since the US withdrawal in May, followed by the reimposition sanctions that were lifted under the multinational agreement in 2016.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran’s planned launches used technology “virtually identical” to that used in intercontinental ballistic missiles.

He said the US feared the long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch warheads.



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