Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iran tests new medium-range missile, defying USA warnings

Tehran had announced earlier on Saturday that he had tested "successfully" a new missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres.

State television flashed images of the Khoramshahr missile's disengaging warhead, calling it the country's third such missile capable of traveling some 2,000 kilometers.

President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would continue to develop its ballistic miissile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France.

The ballistic missile is capable of carrying multiple warheads, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division, told the media on Friday. They also work with north Korea.

The US claims that Iran's missile tests and rocket launches violate UN Resolution 2231, which was adopted in July 2015 to endorse the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

The report by the FARS agency says that as "one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space", Iran is "entitled to master the technology of launching satellites into orbit".

The new Iranian long range missile Khoramshahr (front) is displayed during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, on September 22,2017 in Tehran.

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

During Friday's military parade, President Hassan Rouhani said his country would strengthen its missile capabilities without seeking permission from any other country. "Not much of an agreement we have!"

That makes them only medium-range but still sufficient to reach Israel or United States bases in the Gulf.

Iran said in its announcement on Saturday that the Khorramshahr missile could carry several warheads.

Trump said on Wednesday he had made his decision but was not yet ready to reveal it.

The Iranian test-launch constituted a direct challenge to Trump, who last month signed a bill imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. Despite the attempts by Washington to include the provisions, concerning the ballistic missiles, in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, the proposal was not supported by other signatories.

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