Iran successfully test-fires new ballistic missile

Iran successfully test-fires new ballistic missile

The launch comes after US President Donald Trump told world leaders at the United Nations this week that the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran was "an embarrassment" and "one of the worst" deals the US had ever struck.

President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue.

In February, Iran test-fired the same medium-range type of missile, prompting Trump to say that the United States is "putting Iran on notice".

Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and travel up to 2,000 kilometers, state media reported Saturday. The Pentagon sees Iranian missile tests as a breach of the deal but Tehran insists that the rockets can not...

In his remarks, Rouhani said that Iran was ready to "defend the innocent people of Yemen, Syria, and Palestine", and would "strengthen our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary for deterrence".

He cautioned that Iran's claim that the new missile could carry multiple warheads "needs to be taken with a grain of salt", adding that the it "may mean nothing more than multiple cluster bombs", not the kind of ballistic missile payload - multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle, or MIRV - associated with nuclear missiles.

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State television aired footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran yesterday.

Iran's defense minister said on Saturday foreign pressures would not affect Iran's missile program.

Friday's reported missile test is the latest in a series of launches.

"Imagine the danger of hundreds of nuclear weapons in the hands of a vast Iranian Islamist empire, with the missiles to deliver them anywhere on earth", Netanyahu said.

The parade also showcased various Iranian army units and Revolutionary Guard forces, as well as the police.

Thus far, the United Nations nuclear watchdog and the US State Department have reported that Tehran has complied with the terms of the nuclear deal.

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"We need nobody's permission to defend our territories", he said.

Iran has insisted the missiles are not created to carry nuclear weapons and is not in violation of the resolution.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that the US imposition of unilateral sanctions on Iran was 'illegitimate and undermines the collective nature of worldwide efforts'.

The Iranian president also reaffirmed his country's commitment to the nuclear deal.

Global experts are nearly unanimous in their opinion that Iran is abiding by the pact that saw Tehran agree to limit its nuclear program, which the West believed was aimed at developing weapons, in exchange for the easing of worldwide economic sanctions.

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