Iran says it will develop nuclear-powered ships after US extends sanctions

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered his officials to develop nuclear-powered ships, accusing the United States of violating last year’s international nuclear deal. World powers had agreed to lift sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran’s nuclear programme. But Congress recently voted to extend its laws regarding sanctions on Iran. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the laws, but says they will not affect the international agreement. He insists the White House will continue to suspend all the sanctions linked to Iran’s nuclear programme. In a statement, Mr Rouhani criticised the Congress move as a breach of the accord and said he had asked his officials to start work on “planning the design and production of nuclear fuel and reactors for maritime transport.”

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