Hassan Rouhani said that talks with the US on Tehran’s nuclear programme are “useless”, as a deal with world powers crumbles.
Rouhani made a speech in Tehran on Thursday during the unveiling of the Bavar-373, a long-range surface-to-air missile system, which has been described as an adaption of Russia’s S-300.
Rouhani said that “now that our enemies do not accept logic, we cannot respond with logic”.
“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 defence industry since 1992, and started to produce weaponized drones and rockets.