Iran: 'We don't need permission to defend Iran' — Supreme Leader's adviser to Macron

SOT, Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser on international affairs to the Supreme Leader of Iran (Farsi): «For Iran's defence we don't get permission to have missile or not, and he [French President Emmanuel Macron] tells how many kilometres the range of missile should be and how many kilometres shouldn't be — none of his business, who is he to interfere? If he wants the relation between Iran and France to... Еще be a growing relation, he should not interfere in these issues. It is the contrary to the France expediency, it is clear that our answer to him is negative. Why he says that after he gets the negative answer they tell that Mr. Macron failed in his policies, he does something that others say he has been successful in his policies. Mr. Macron should know and hear from us and accept it by me as an Iranian citizen, that if he interferes in these issues the answer will be definitely negative. And it is not even one percent possible that we respond positively to this matter which is interfering in our defence affair.» Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser on international affairs to the Supreme Leader of Iran, commented Emmanuel Macron's remarks on Iran's ballistic missile program saying that «for defending Iran we don't get permission to have missiles or not», speaking in Tehran on Saturday. In the interview with Iranian state TV, the top diplomat advised the French president «not to interfere in these issues» if he wanted to maintain positive relations between the two countries. Velayati continued saying that «interfering in our (Iranian) defence affair» will always provoke negative reactions. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Tehran should be «less aggressive» in the region and clarify its missile program.

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