Iran tests new medium-range missile, defying U.S. warnings

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

If Iran is not spared even after it agreed to give up a substantial part of its nuclear programme under a multilateral agreement, what message does it send to other countries about global diplomacy? "We have largely in recent years vacated very important competitive space with Iran in this sophisticated campaign of subversion where they're really creating nearly a Hezbollah model across the greater Middle East".

As much as the White House might object to Iran's ballistic missile tests, as well as its continued support of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime, and its role in destabilizing Yemen, Sick said those criticisms misinterpret what the Iran deal was meant to do.

He added that no country would stop Iran from expanding its defense programs. In a direct jab at Trump he said, "It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics".

Rouhani pointed to the accusations by US President Donald Trump's administration that Iran does not abide by the JCPOA and said, "Under this agreement, the only observatory body is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), whose inspectors provide reports on a quarterly basis, and no other authority is entitled to talk about Iran's compliance or noncompliance".

Trump's "rhetoric against Iran was ignorant and spiteful, abundant with false information and baseless allegations", Rouhani said, addressing the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

"Ugly, ignorant words were spoken by the US president against the Iranian nation", he said.

"It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos", he said, repeating a litany of oft-spoken US complaints about Iran.

In February, Iran test-fired the same medium-range type of missile, prompting Trump to say that the United States is "putting Iran on notice".

"One can nearly set the countdown clock to Iran resuming its nuclear activities", he said.

Rex Tillerson said the American president was asked by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly, but "he said no". "One can nearly set the countdown clock to Iran resuming its nuclear activities", he said.

Rouhani's comments, broadcast on the anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, appeared to be aimed at President Trump, who sharply criticized Iran in a speech this week at the United Nations General Assembly.

"I sincerely hope that there will be a display of strong trilateral leadership in coordinating our responses for the North Korean issue", the South Korean leader said.

Zarif, who had a friendly, collegial relationship with former Secretary of State John Kerry while they negotiated the nuclear deal, was quick to denounce Trump's speech. Pressed on what the willing to offer, Trump has not revealed details, only saying he's deciding whether to scrap the deal.

Cuomo argued that the deal has made some difference, and by some accounts, at least slowed the development of weapons in Iran.

Though Iran has long boasted of having missiles in the same range in its arsenal, it was the first time that the Khoramshahr, with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) was displayed in public.

According to USA law, the administration must certify the Iran deal every 90 days.

Rouhani said that the time frame and deadlines contained in the deal were all carefully worked out and will not be revisited. If he does not, Congress has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the deal.

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