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Iran Pres: Talks With US 'Useless'     08/22 06:30

   TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president struck a muscular tone on dealings 
with the U.S., saying 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.

   "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 U.S. re-imposed 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.


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