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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian faced a tricky reception in Tehran Monday as he pushed for curbs to Iran's ballistic missile program in a bid to preserve its historic nuclear deal.France has ballistic missiles with ranges of more than 6,000 kilometers, which can be launched from submarines, but Le Drian said Iran was risking fresh sanctions if it did not curb its missile program, which is currently limited to 2,000 kilometers.Iran has refused to renegotiate the deal or add extra clauses, arguing that the U.S. has already failed to keep up its end of the bargain on the existing accord.In a statement, the Louvre museum said its international strategy was directly influenced by French diplomatic priorities.Despite their differences, Iran has broadly welcomed France's efforts to re-engage with the country.Last year's $5 billion gas exploration deal with French energy giant Total was the biggest in Iran since the nuclear accord, and showed French firms were willing to stand up in the face of pressure from Washington.
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