As the tensions between Washington and Tehran continue to rise, a senior Iranian official said that his country will continue to develop ballistic missiles. “Ballistic capability is the only deterrent against enemy threats in the situation that the Islamic Republic of Iran has agreed to have no nuclear weapons,” he clarified.







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After Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif clarified that the nuclear deal will not be renegotiated, a senior Iranian Parliament official declared that Tehran will not back away from its ballistic missile development program.

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said in an interview with the Iranian Students News Agency that Tehran will continue to act in accordance with its national interests. “Ballistic capability is the only deterrent against enemy threats in the situation that the Islamic Republic of Iran has agreed to have no nuclear weapons and to use no weapons of mass destruction,” Boroujerdi said.

Boroujerdi also mocked US President Donald Trump, who yesterday announced that he has decided to extend the nuclear deal one last time. Trump said that his decision will give Tehran and America’s European allies time to fix the nuclear deal’s “terrible flaws.”

“Trump was forced once again to extend Iran’s nuclear sanctions waiver despite all the boasts,” Boroujerdi said. The senior Iranian official also commented on Trump’s decision to slap 14 individuals and entities with sanctions, saying that the unreasonable move is obviously an American violation of the nuclear deal.