Iran Says It Test-Fired New Missile

Iran Says It Test-Fired New Missile

State television aired footage of the test and in-flight video from the nose cone on Saturday.

A ballistic missile that is capable of reaching 1200 miles, puts Israel well within striking distance from Iran.

The move was a direct challenge to President Donald Trump, who in August signed a bill imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran's ballistic missile programme and anyone who does business with them.

As well as carrying out missile tests, Iran has also launched a space satellite and fired missiles at Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria in recent months.

The test comes at the end of a heated week of diplomacy at the UN General Assembly in NY, where US President Donald Trump again accused Iran of destabilizing the Middle East, calling it a "rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos". The report did not mention the time or location of the test.

President Donald Trump has threatened to bin the agreement over the issue, saying that Iran's missile programme could give it the technical knowhow for a delivery system for a nuclear warhead when a sunset clause in the deal expires in 2025.

Friday's parade also showcased various Iranian army units and Revolutionary Guard forces, as well as the police.

"We will develop our defensive and military power as much as necessary., and to this end Iran seeks no permission from anybody", he said.

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


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

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a press conference in the capital Tehran, on February 27, 2016.

"The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into", President Trump said in his speech before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Trump has denounced Iran as a "rogue regime" and said its government was bent on "death and destruction".

Rowhani later told a news conference that the Trump administration is seeking "an excuse" to pull out of the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement that capped Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of worldwide sanctions on Iran.

The other signatories to the deal - Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the European Union - have all pushed for it to continue.

"The 2,000-km-range missile can carry the warhead 1,800km away", he told reporters in Tehran today. The agency did not provide further information.

The next major deadline comes in October when Trump will decide whether to certify that Iran is complying with the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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