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Iran says will not halt aerospace programme despite U.S. warning

Reuters  |  NEW DELHI 

(Reuters) - will continue with its despite U.S. warnings, said on Wednesday, adding there was no international law prohibiting such a programme.

Zarif, who is in on a bilateral visit, also told that leaving a 2015 nuclear deal agreed with world powers is an option available with but is not the only option on the table.

The earlier this month issued a pre-emptive warning to against pursuing three planned space rocket launches that it said would violate a resolution because they use

Under the Resolution 2231, which enshrined the nuclear deal in 2015, is "called upon" to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.

Iran has ruled out negotiations with over its military capabilities, particularly the missile programme run by the Revolutionary Guards. It says the programme is purely defensive and denies missiles are capable of being tipped with nuclear warheads.

U.S. pulled out of an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme in May and reimposed sanctions on He said the deal was flawed because it did not include curbs on Iran's development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, and

(Reporting by Sudarshan Varadan; Writing by Nidhi Verma; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 19:36 IST