During a visit to the Persian Gulf, Macron blamed Iran for a ballistic-missile launch by Yemeni rebels targeting Saudi Arabia last weekend.
"Like what was done in 2015 for the nuclear activities, it's necessary to put a framework in place for Iran's ballistic activities and open a process, with sanctions if needed, of negotiation that would enable [an agreement]", he said.
The French head of state, who was wrapping up a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, also announced a surprise visit to Saudi Arabia in his presser.
Tehran expects Paris to remain "realistic, fair and farsighted" when it comes to the sensitive developments in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf regions, Qassemi underlined. Earlier, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of "a clear act of aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally".
The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of supplying Yemen's Houthi rebels with a missile that was sacked into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two U.N. Security Council resolutions. Iranian state media did not immediately report on Macron's remarks. "So we should negotiate a new series of criteria and a new treaty with Iran to stop their ballistic activities in the region", he said, adding that Iran's role in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen "destabilizes a lot of people and the whole region".
"The French president perfectly knows that making such claims against the Islamic Republic of Iran fits no reality of the past decades' realities in the Middle East", highlighted the Iranian diplomat.
The National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, also responded to the French President. The move faced a serious backlash back then, including from France, which stated it would stick to the deal.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
"We have repeatedly told French officials that the JCPOA is non-negotiable and it is never permitted to infuse new issues in the agreement, notwithstanding the point that France is aware of Iran's firm stance in non-negotiability of defensive capabilities", ascertained the spokesperson of Iranian ministry of foreign affairs.