Iran will continue to produce missiles, Rouhani says

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Iran will continue to produce missiles for its defense and does not see it as a violation of international accords, President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday in a speech broadcast on state television.

“We have built, are building and will continue to build missiles, and this violates no international agreements,” Rouhani said in a speech in parliament.

Iran will continue to produce missiles for its defense and does not see it as a violation of international accords, President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday in a speech broadcast on state television.

“We have built, are building and will continue to build missiles, and this violates no international agreements,” Rouhani said in a speech in parliament.

U.N. nuclear chief Yukiya Amano is to meet Iranian leaders Sunday, less than two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to leave the nuclear deal with the country.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Amano’s meetings “will focus on the IAEA’s verification and monitoring of Iran’s implementation” of the 2015 deal, which obliged Iran to cut back its controversial nuclear program, while world powers agreed to lift sanctions.

Iranian state news agency IRNA reported that Amano’s interlocutors will include Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi, who oversees Iran’s nuclear activities.

Trump declared on Oct. 13 that he would seek to toughen up the 2015 agreement, arguing that its clauses on IAEA inspections are far too weak and that it will not be able to prevent Tehran from building nuclear weapons.

Trump threatened that he could ultimately walk away from the deal if U.S. Congress or U.S. allies do not agree to further restrictions on Iran.

Amano has countered Trump by stating that the nuclear deal subjects Tehran to the world’s toughest set of IAEA inspections, and that his nuclear inspectors have so far faced no problems in Iran.

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