Iran's Rohani Says 'Talks Are Useless' With U.S.

President makes comment during unveiling of the Bavar-373, a long-range surface-to-air missile system that he described as an improvement to the Russian S-300

The Iran-made Bavar-373 air-defense missile system on display during the unveiling ceremony attended by President Hassan Rohani, Iran, Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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Iran's president is striking a muscular tone on dealings with the U.S., saying that "talks are useless" as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers crumbles further.

President Hassan Rohani made the comment in a speech on Thursday 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.

Iran's President Hassan Rohani attends a ceremony unveiling the Iran-made Bavar-373 air-defense missile systemon Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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Rohani said that "now that our enemies do not accept logic, we cannot respond with logic."

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.'"

Iran has developed a homegrown defense industry since 1992.

A launcher of Iran-made Bavar-373 air-defense missile system is displayed during an unveiling ceremony on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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