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Launch of an Iranian Emad missile -- a precision-guided, intermediate-range ballistic missile.

France has called on the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately cease all work on ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

The move comes in the wake of an announcement by Tehran this past Thursday, saying Iran will send two satellites (space launch vehicles) into orbit in the coming weeks.

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“France recalls that the Iranian missile program is not conformity with UN Security Council Resolution 2231,” Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement. “It calls on Iran to immediately cease all ballistic missile-related activities designed to carry nuclear weapons, including tests using ballistic missile technology.”

Iran responded by telling France to avoid repeating “irresponsible and incorrect” claims about Tehran’s missile work made by other nations who opposed the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal, according to a report broadcast Friday by Iranian state TV.

“Iran’s home-grown defensive missile program is the Iranian nation’s natural right,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi, as quoted by Iran state TV. “Iran’s missile program is not in violation of UN resolution of 2231.”

The United States issued a warning to Iran earlier this month on its violations of UN Security Council resolution 2231 after the Iran Ministry of Defense announced its plans to launch three space launch vehicles in the coming months.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that UNSCR 2231 calls on Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons … [which] includes launching SLVs, which incorporate technology that is virtually identical to that used in ballistic missiles, including in intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).”

This report was posted in New York prior to the start of the holy Sabbath.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.