Iran unveils new long-range ballistic missile

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2017

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the test conflicted with a 2015 United Nations resolution with Iran over their nuclear program.

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 are also working with North Korea. "Not much of an agreement we have!" he wrote.

Johnson made the comments on his Twitter account, after Press TV reported that Iran had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile.

Mr Trump signalled a stronger approach to Tehran, questioning the 2015 deal with Iran struck by his predecessor Barack Obama.

"On the path to improve our country's defensive capacity we will certainly not be the least affected by any threats and we won't ask anyone's permission", the defense minister, Brig.

Friday's military parade was to mark the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988; as Tasnim reports, the missile is named for a city in Iran's southwest that was attacked in that conflict.

To put the missile's range in perspective, consider that the minimum range of an intercontinental ballistic missile is generally considered to be 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles), while a medium-range missile can fly between 1,000 and 3,000 kilometers.

The bill, though meant to target Iran, calls for penalties against foreign agents or entities that do business with the country in connection to its missile program.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called the missile test "a provocation to the United States and its allies, including Israel", as well as "further proof of Iran's ambition to become a global power that threatens not only the Middle East, but all the countries of the free world".

"The weight of the Khorramshahr missile's warhead has been announced to be 1,800 kg (4,000 lbs), ... making it Iran's most powerful missile for defence and retaliation against any aggressive enemy", state television said. The deal, Rouhani said, is supported by his government and the five other parties - Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - that signed the agreement.

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