Iran Unveils New Long-Range Missile

Iran Unveils New Long-Range Missile

On Saturday (23 September), the USA president tweeted: "Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel.They are also working with North Korea.Not much of an agreement we have!"

"It is also a means to test our reactions as well as new proof of Iran's ambition to become a world power in order to threaten the countries of the Middle East and democratic states around the world".

The state-run news agency IRNA quoted the chief of the Revolutionary Guards' airspace division, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, as saying that the new missile "can carry several warheads for various uses".

The missile was first displayed in the capital Tehran on Friday 22 September during military parades held to commemorate the Sacred Defence Week, which marks the anniversary of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, earlier told the parade that Iran would not stop boosting its military and Iran had complied with a deal with world powers that ended its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. "We seek no one's permission to defend our land".

He added, "Whether you like it or not we are going to help Syria, Yemen and Palestine, and we will strengthen our missiles". "Not much of an agreement we have".

The missile can carry multiple warheads and its range would make it easily capable of reaching Israel and Saudi Arabia.

In its new report the institute listed other alleged Iran compliance issues, including changes to the design of a heavy water reactor that can produce plutonium, another weapons fuel.

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Global sanctions on Iran have been lifted under the deal in exchange for curbs to Tehran's nuclear program.

He also contended that "they are also working with North Korea".

Mr Rouhani responded to Mr Trump's threats, saying the USA would pay a "high price" should it decide to terminate the deal.

Previous Iranian missile launches have triggered United States sanctions and accusations that they violate the spirit of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

Trump took aim at the nuclear deal lifting sanctions on Iran, calling it an "embarrassment" that should be scrapped.

Iran says its missile program is within the bounds of the resolution because the rockets are not created to carry nuclear weapons.

Trump called the global nuclear deal an "embarrassment".

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