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Iran will continue to develop ballistic missile capabilities, says president Hassan Rouhani

Tehran: President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would continue to develop its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France.

"Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities which are necessary for deterrence," Rouhani said in a speech marking the anniversary of the outbreak of Iran's devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

 Iran will continue to develop ballistic missile capabilities, says president Hassan Rouhani

File image of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. AP

"We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces... When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for their permission."

On Thursday, Rouhani said its nuclear accord with world powers could not be renegotiated, after the Donald Trump administration warned it was weighing whether the deal signed by its predecessor served US security interests.

Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to limit its disputed nuclear program in return for the easing of economic sanctions. US president Donald Trump called the deal an "embarrassment" during his first speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

"There was some discussion by some people that the nuclear deal isn't very bad but shouldn't stay as it is. (That) it's a deal that's good but we should sit down again and debate to see if it can be improved. If it has flaws we can fix them," Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday.

"They were told clearly and definitively (by us) that the nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated," he told a press conference in Tehran broadcast live on state television after his return from the UN General Assembly.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017 12:33:24 IST