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This one-day trip is also seen as evidence of the balancing act that France and other European nations find themselves in, following Donald Trump's promise to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal if major flaws aren't fixed.

After receiving the minister of Foreign Relations of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Rouhani revealed the Persian country has alternatives in case of unfavorable consequences.

Rouhani's comment came as a senior Revolutionary Guard official vowed on Tuesday that Iran will defy pressure to scale back the country's ballistic missile programme - part of a new push by US President Donald Trump to renegotiate the original pact signed in 2015.

Zariff responded that Europe must "play a more constructive role" to preserve the agreement.

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Le Drian has insisted he is not "an emissary of Trump", but he has taken a firm line on Iran's missile program and regional interventions that mirrors the rhetoric from Washington.

In October, Iran said it has no need to increase the range of its ballistic missiles because they were already capable of reaching US forces stationed in the region.

The French foreign minister arrives in Tehran on Monday for high-level talks - but the Iranians say their missiles aren't Paris' business.

"If not tackled head on, this country risks new sanctions", he threatened.

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Still, Le Drian told The Times of Israel he is not "an emissary of Trump", and "there's still a lot of work to do on Iran's missile program".

However, top Senior Adviser to Iran's Leader Ali Akbar Velayati downplayed the importance of the French move and said his country would "not be subject to defensive restrictions even if the United States wants to impose it".

In December, Iran claimed that United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley "fabricated" her announcement that the charred remains of a short-range ballistic missile discovered in Yemen, which was prominently displayed behind her during her speech, originated in Iran.

Addressing a Wednesday cabinet meeting in Tehran, Rouhani noted that "Iran is a threat to no one".

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