Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2017

In defiance of threats from President Donald Trump, Iran showed off a new long-range ballistic missile capable of reaching targets in the Middle East, including Israel, during a military parade on Friday.

"It is also a means to test our reactions as well as new proof of Iran's ambition to become a world power in order to threaten the countries of the Middle East and democratic states around the world". Iran says all of its missiles are created to carry conventional warheads only and has limited their range to a maximum of 2,000 km, although commanders say they have the technology to go further.

"Not much of an agreement we have!" the President added in his tweet, apparently alluding to the agreement signed in 2015 between Tehran and six worldwide powers, including the United States, on Iran's nuclear programme.

Trump will report to Congress on 15 October on whether he believes Iran was in compliance of the agreement and whether it remains in the US' interests to stick by it.

The president's critique bolstered the view of those who believe the US will walk away from the Iranian nuclear deal struck when President Barack Obama was in the White House.

"Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel.They are also working with North Korea".

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

Rouhani added that "Iran's military power lies in its commitment to never invade another country or land".

In his inaugural UN speech Tuesday, President Donald Trump called the Iranian nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, "an embarrassment to the United States" that should be revisited.

The deal, Rouhani said, is supported by his government and the five other parties - Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - that signed the agreement.

What's new, he said, is that Iran says its ballistic missiles can carry multiple warheads and maybe several cluster bombs.

It gives Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for limits on its nuclear weapons development program.

"But it is no good talking about this if the U.S. is not honoring the nuclear agreement", he said. But Iran is still subject to an arms embargo and other restrictions, which are not technically part of the nuclear agreement.

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