Iran says to continue developing ballistic missiles

Iran says to continue developing ballistic missiles

Iran says to continue developing ballistic missiles

"Ladies and gentleman, I am very happy to come to your country again", Amano told reporters during a press conference held at Iran's nuclear agency.

Amano's visit comes amid U.S. President Donald Trump's inflammatory remarks against the July 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran, the European Union, Germany, and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

On Sunday, Amani met Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation chief Ali Akbar Salehi. Amano is determined to play his important role in this sensitive period, he said.

Tehran said it will continue to produce missiles for its defence and does not consider that a violation of global accords.

"Since January 2016, the IAEA has been monitoring and verifying the nuclear-related commitments made by Iran under the JCPOA".

Donald Trump earlier this month refused to recertify Iran's compliance with the JCPOA, citing violations of the spirit of the agreement and threatened to trigger U.S. withdrawal from the agreement despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Tehran is adhering to the deal.

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Since January 2016, the IAEA has monitored Iran's nuclear commitments under the nuclear agreement and conducted verification checks, said Amano. So far the agency has released eight reports each time confirming Iran's adherence to the global nuclear pact.

Prior to the meeting with Amano, Iran's president excoriated US policies before his country's parliament.

"We have built, are building and will continue to build missiles, and this violates no global agreements", Rouhani was quoted by State TV, as saying.

He warned that "we can produce uranium enrichment at 20 percent within four days, but we do not want the JCPOA to collapse".

"We should not allow the (JCPOA), as an important achievement, to be undermined, and we must consolidate this important global commitment with full cooperation", the Iranian president added.

Under the deal, Iran is allowed to enrich uranium to low levels of 3.5%, which can be used to power reactors.

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