Iran will increase its military capabilities and ballistic

Iran will increase its military capabilities and ballistic

President Donald Trump gave a stark warning that cast growing uncertainty over whether a nuclear deal clinched with Iran would survive after the Islamic republic tested a new medium-range missile. "They are also working with North Korea", Trump said on Twitter.

Officials have said Trump might use the October 15 deadline for certifying to Congress whether Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal to either declare Iran in violation or determine that the agreement is no longer in the national security interest of the U.S.

It comes amid a war of words in the wake of this week's United Nations general assembly, at which President Donald Trump accused Iran of exporting violence to Yemen, Syria and other parts of the Middle East.

"We will increase our military power as a deterrent".

"We will strengthen our missile capabilities".

Iran announced on Saturday, September 23, 2017, that it has successfully tested a new missile, with a 1,250-mile range, which is capable of reaching Israel and United States bases in the Gulf.

"We have to work in order to have a monitoring process on the ballistic activity of Iran." he told CNN.

Iran, which fought a war with neighbouring Iraq in the 1980s, sees missiles as a legitimate and vital part of its defence - particularly as regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Israel import huge amounts of military hardware from the West.

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Though Iran has long boasted of having missiles in the same range in its arsenal, it was the first time that the Khorramshahr missile was displayed in public.

Furthermore, Mr. Hatami said that Iran would 'not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile'.

"On the one hand Iran is trying to demonstrate they are the pragmatic rational actor here and maintain unity among the other signatories of the nuclear agreement, even if from the U.S. side it starts to unravel", Vakil told CNN.

Iranian officials have argued that the measure only applies to missiles specifically created to carry nuclear warheads.

If he decides that it is not, that could open the way for USA lawmakers to reimpose sanctions, leading to the potential collapse of the agreement. Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation are parties to the pact.

Rouhani on Wednesday described Trump's speech as "ignorant, absurd and hateful", adding that it would be a "great pity" if the nuclear deal was dismantled because of "rogue newcomers" to politics.

"Imagine what would happen if Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons", he said.

Washington has also taken aim at what it says is Tehran's failure to meet expectations that it would play a more stabilising role in the Middle East.

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