Iran asks United Nations nuclear chief to confirm it still follows deal


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 United States withdrawal from the agreement despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Tehran is adhering to the deal.

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.

The director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano has not submitted any request for inspection of Iranian military sites, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said.

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

Just days after the U.S. House of Representatives voted for new sanctions on Iran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the country will continue to produce missiles. Amano also added that the JCPOA is a "significant gain for verification".

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"Tanzania is an important gateway to the east of Africa, and given the status and capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, developing of bilateral relations is of grave importance", said president Rouhani.

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.

"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.

"The administration of a country that abandons global commitments of the previous administration is not reliable", the Iranian leader said.