Iran Defies US, Unveils New Long-Range Missile Capable of Hitting Israel

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2017

The Khorramshahr missile has a range of 2000 kilometers - enough to hit Israel - and can be armed with several warheads. Similar parades with Iranian army units and Revolutionary Guard forces were held in other Iranian cities.

"Rouhani is putting down a strong marker that Iran's missile programs are not on the negotiating table", he adds.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the crowd promising to increase the country's military power and missile capability -despite U.S. demands.

"By promising to step up Iran's ballistic-missile program, Rouhani seeks to gain support from Iranian hard-liners who have always been critical of the nuclear deal, and who have repeatedly accused him of being soft in worldwide relations".

Tehran says that the missiles are entirely legitimate under the terms of the deal as they are not created to carry a nuclear warhead. We will not seek anyone's permission to defend our land.

Trump used his U.N. speech to dismiss the pact with Tehran, which lifted sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program, as an "embarrassment" and "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into".

He added that the missile test was "further proof of Iran's aspiration to become a world power and to threaten not only the Middle Eastern states, but all the countries of the free world".

The president has said he's already made a decision about whether or not Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.

Iran's state media showed video on Saturday of the successful test-launch, saying the missile had a range of 2000km.

Iran is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has backed Yemen's Shiite rebels against US supported and Saudi-led coalition that sought to return the internationally elected government to power in Yemen.

- Trump recently called Iran a bogus nation of dictators hiding behind the mask of Democracy. Iran has stood by the side of Bashar ul Assad and Shia militants in Yemen, these stances are in direct conflict with the American policy.

Speaking a day later, Mr Rouhani said the Iranian people were waiting for an apology from Mr Trump for his "extremely offensive" rhetoric and "unfounded" allegations about Iran.

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