IAEA's Amano, Iran's nuclear chief hold talks in Tehran

Lucy Bush
October 30, 2017

The visit comes as US President Donald Trump, in a major confrontational stance against Iran, refused to certify the multilateral deal on Tehran's peaceful nuclear program.

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

Iranian officials and the visiting Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano on Sunday called for commitment of all the parties to Iran's 2015 international nuclear deal.

In a speech carried on nationwide television, Rouhani insisted that no worldwide agreements prohibit the development of such non-nuclear weapons, and that Iran has a right to produce them for its own defense.

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A country that has signed an worldwide and multilateral agreement does not have the right to deal with it in whatever way it likes, Rouhani said, referring to the USA administration's treatment and interpretation of the deal. Amano also added that the JCPOA is a "significant gain for verification".

Amano arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday evening to hold talks with senior officials of the country on the implantation process of the JCPOA.

Defence officials told Foreign Policy magazine the review will not only focus on existing programmes, but also take stock of new threats posed by Iran and North Korea, and the changing nuclear and ballistic missile posture of both Russian Federation and China.

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.

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"So far, eight times, the IAEA has released reports that state that Iran has met its commitments fully", Salehi said.

Section T does not include special inspections, but the United States is making its own special interpretation of the provision, Salehi was quoted as saying by Press TV.

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

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

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Iran expects that the United Nations nuclear agency, in line with its measures and duties, would provide Iran with the same help it gives to other countries committed to the IAEA Safeguards Agreement and the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Rouhani said.

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