Iran says talks unlikely without change in USA behavior

Iran says talks unlikely without change in USA behavior

Iran says talks unlikely without change in USA behavior

US and Iranian diplomats met frequently in the lead-up to the 2015 nuclear accord.

Mr Rouhani spoke days after the US House of Representatives voted for new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile programme, part of an effort to clamp down on Tehran without immediately moving to undermine an worldwide nuclear agreement.

Iran would abandon the agreement if it were deemed not be serving its national interests, President Hassan Rouhani said in reaction to Trump's decision.

"We have built, are building and will continue to build missiles, and this violates no worldwide agreements", Rouhani said defiantly in his speech to parliament.

Reuters reports in its article UPDATE 1-Iran fulfilling nuclear deal commitments -IAEA chief that U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this month that he would not continue to certify the multinational 2015 agreement, reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, and warned that he might ultimately terminate it. Conference staff said the Iranians had cancelled their appointment to speak at the event.

Iran has repeatedly denied its missile development breaches the resolution, saying its missiles are not created to carry nuclear weapons.

Under the agreement, Tehran agreed to limit its disputed nuclear programme in return for the easing of economic sanctions. "It has aspirations of regional and global dominance".

Iran's adherence to the deal was also confirmed by Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano who visited Tehran on Sunday.

"Director-general Amano reiterated that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran are being implemented, and that the JCPOA represents a clear gain from a verification point of view", an IAEA statement read.

Iran has decided not to attend a United Nations conference on nuclear energy being held in the United Arab Emirates.

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