Rouhani vows missile program will continue, criticizes Trump

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated on Sunday that his country’s missile program will continue. In addition, Rouhani criticized US President Donald Trump, stating that his behavior toward Iran regarding the nuclear deal will discourage other countries from negotiating with America.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Amid the growing tensions between Washington and Tehran over the latter’s nuclear program, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani clarified during a speech that his country will continue to manufacture missiles, Reuters reported Sunday.

According to the report, Rouhani stated that his country’s missile program does not violate any international treaty and that the missile production will continue in order to ensure Iran’s security. Rouhani also criticized Washington, implying that countries will stop negotiating with America now that they have seen how US President Donald Trump has disregarded the historic deal.

Meanwhile, the semi-official Iranian Tasnim news agency reported that the Iranian army deputy commander-in-chief stated that negotiations would never be held regarding Tehran’s missile program. “Our missile might is among the capabilities that are not negotiable at all,” General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan stated, as quoted by Tasnim. “No country or individual will be allowed to inspect the country’s military sites.”

Earlier this month, Trump refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. During the same speech in which he announced his decision, Trump slammed Tehran. “Iran is under the control of a fanatical regime that seized power in 1979 and forced a proud people to submit to its extremist rule,” he said. “Given the regime’s murderous past and present, we should not take lightly its sinister vision for the future. The regime’s two favorite chants are ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.’”



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