France has ballistic missiles with ranges of more than 6,000 kilometres, which can be launched from submarines, but Le Drian said Iran was risking fresh sanctions if it did not curb its missile programme, which is now limited to 2,000 kilometres.
However, Zarif noted that the nuclear deal, internationally known as JCPOA, is a multilateral agreement and its fate can not be subjected to the whims of Washington.
The head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday that "Iran is implementing its nuclear related commitments" and that "it is essential that Iran continues to do so".
For his part, Le Drian hailed Iran's commitment to the JCPOA and said that France insists on the full implementation of the deal. Separately, Iran confirmed that the Iranian foreign minister had met his former U.S. counterpart John Kerry on the sidelines of a Munich meeting last month.
"The IAEA now has the world's most robust verification regime in place in Iran".
That continued with Iran's armed forces spokesman Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, who this weekend said Tehran only would give up its missiles when the West abandons nuclear weapons.
Iran has long said publicly that it intends to develop nuclear propulsion for naval vessels, though analysts and diplomats say that remains a distant prospect.
He urged the European countries not to bend under the U.S.
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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.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 agreement, and previous year refused to confirm to Congress that it is in America's national security interest.
'There are ballistic programmes of missiles that can reach several thousand kilometres which are not compatible with UN Security Council resolutions and exceed the sole need of defending Iran's borders, ' Jean-Yves Le Drian told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.
The deal is "international diplomatic achievement", and it should be protected, he stressed.
Any move to undermine the JCPOA would result in the loss of credibility of other worldwide agreements, Shamkhani also made the remarks in a meeting with Le Drian.
The Iranian official called for the acceleration of implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal.
"The United States and other countries that have turned our region into a gunpowder depot by selling arms must stop such actions", Zarif said, according to a report by the semi-official ISNA news agency.