Iran successfully tests new missile after unveiling it during military parade

Iran successfully tests new missile after unveiling it during military parade

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2017

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

"When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for their permission", he added, stressing that the measures were "necessary for deterrence."Donald Trump UN speech: Typical rhetoric raises tensions with North Korea and Iran".

In February, Iran tested the same medium-range type of missile, prompting Trump to say that the USA is "putting Iran on notice".

While worldwide inspectors have found Iran is meeting requirements to limit its nuclear program, Tillerson has said that Iran is violating language about regional peace and security, citing Iran's ballistic missile program and its support for Syria's President Bashar al-Asad.

Rouhani hit out at those who "create problems for the peoples of our region every day and boast of selling arms to the bloodthirsty Zionist regime which has been attacking the peoples of our region for 70 years like a cancerous tumour".

Tehran says that the missiles are entirely legitimate under the terms of the deal as they are not created to carry a nuclear warhead.

But even he insisted that the core deal not be dumped.

President Donald Trump on Saturday bashed the Iran nuclear agreement after Tehran said it had test-fired a new ballistic missile and would keep developing weapons despite US pressure.

It has a range of 1,240 miles and is capable of carrying multiple warheads, according to Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division.

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

Tehran is not pursuing construction of its existing heavy water research reactor and has not enriched uranium above the agreed 3.67-percent limit, the report concluded, adding that Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium (which can be used for peaceful purposes unless further processed for a nuclear weapon) was 101.7kg - considerably lower than the agreed level of 300kg.

Just two days earlier President Donald Trump announced that he had made a decision on the nuclear deal that Iran reached with the United States and other world powers in 2015.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said recently that Iran is "clearly in default " of expectations under its 2015 nuclear accord.

He urged the United States to instead "explain to its own people why after spending millions of dollars of the assets of the people of America and of our region instead of contributing to peace and stability, it has only brought war, misery, poverty and the rise of terrorism and extremism to the region".

The US President also accused the country of contributing to instability in Yemen and Syria, something which his Iranian counterpart denied.

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