Iran will continue to produce missiles for defence purposes: Rouhani

Iran: No IAEA demand for military site inspection

Amid the possibility of the US' unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, also known as JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions), and new anti-Tehran sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has outlined his position on the issue.

The regime in Pyongyang is much closer to developing intercontinental ballistic missiles than Teheran, and it is thought to be within a year of placing a nuclear warhead on one of its long-range missiles.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday said Iran will continue to develop ballistic missiles despite U.S. criticism of its program, insisting the weapons are defensive and do not violate global agreements.

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog is due to visit Iran on October 29 for talks with senior officials there, as opposition from the United States threatens to undermine a landmark worldwide agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program.

Earlier on Sunday, Amano said that Iran is living up to its commitments under the 2015 global nuclear deal, Tehran Times daily reported.

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The visit by the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Yukiya Amano, is the first since U.S. President Donald Trump declared he would refuse to certify Iranian compliance with the 2015 accord Iran agreed to with six world powers. "The IAEA believes that the JCPOA is a significant gain for verification", he added.

In negotiating and signing the nuclear deal with the United States, Rouhani frequently clashed with more conservative forces in Iran who opposed any cessation of the country's nuclear weapons program.

Vice President Ali Salehi added that "if the nuclear deal is broken, it will have unpredictable consequences".

The United States has already imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a UN resolution, which calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Prior to the meeting with Amano, Iran's president excoriated USA policies before his country's parliament. And we will not hesitate to use them in the appropriate time to defend ourselves.

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