After French President Emmanuel Macron blamed Tehran for the launch of the missile that targeted Riyadh earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi warned Paris against making “false accusations against the Islamic Republic.”

Iranian missile test (2015)

Iranian missile test (2015) Photo Credit: EPA

Iran has rejected French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for negotiations regarding its ballistic missiles program. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi demanded that France remain “realistic, fair and farsighted” when it comes to matters of the Middle East and Gulf regions, according to a ministry statement released Saturday.

Qassemi warned France against making “false accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” adding that the allegations were concocted by a few Gulf states in an attempt to tarnish Tehran’s image in the world.

“We maintain that France should responsibly convince its regional allies in the Persian Gulf region to adopt sensible policies,” he continued. Qassemi then noted that Iran is serious about its defense capabilities and views them as “non-negotiable.”

Macron stated on Thursday during a visit to Dubai that he is extremely concerned about Iran’s ballistic missile program. The French president mentioned the Houthi-fired missile that was intercepted by Saudi Arabia earlier this month and blamed Iran for the incident. According to reports, Macron said that the launch proves that there is a need for talks with Iran regarding its missile development program.