‘Our enemies do not accept logic’: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says 'talks are useless' as Tehran's nuclear deal with US crumbles

  • Iran's president struck a muscular tone on dealings with the US, saying on Thursday that 'talks are useless'

  • President Hassan Rouhani made the comment in a speech in Tehran during the unveiling of the Bavar-373

  • US reimposed sanctions on Iran after Trump administration pulled out of nuclear deal over concerns about Iran's missile program and regional influence

Tehran: Iran's president struck a muscular tone on dealings with the US, saying on Thursday that "talks are useless" as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers crumbles further. President Hassan Rouhani made the comment in a speech in Tehran during the unveiling of the Bavar-373, a long-range surface-to-air missile system that he described as an improvement to the Russian S-300.

 ‘Our enemies do not accept logic’: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says talks are useless as Tehrans nuclear deal with US crumbles

File image of Iran president Hassan Rouhani. AP

"Now that our enemies do not accept logic, we cannot respond with logic," Rouhani said in the televised speech. He added, "When the enemy launches a missile against us, we cannot give a speech and say, Mr. Rocket, please do not hit our country and our innocent people. Rocket-launching sir, if you can please hit a button and self-destroy the missile in the air."

On Wednesday, Iran's state TV reported that the Bavar-373 is able to recognize up to 100 targets at a same time and confront them with six different weapons. Since 1992, Iran has developed a homegrown defense industry that has produced light and heavy weapons ranging from mortars and torpedoes to tanks and submarines.

The US reimposed sanctions on Iran after the Trump administration pulled out of the nuclear deal over concerns about Iran's missile program and regional influence. President Donald Trump argued that the accord did not limited Iran's ballistic missile program. Iran has developed a homegrown defense industry since 1992.

Updated Date: Aug 22, 2019 14:43:45 IST