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

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

Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite United States pressure to stop.

President Donald Trump gave a stark warning that cast growing uncertainty over whether a nuclear deal clinched with Iran would survive after the Islamic republic tested a new medium-range missile.

"Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel".

The new missile, which has a 2,000-kilometer range and can carry multiple warheads, "will be operational soon", Brig. The country's successful launch of its first satellite back in 2005 prompted a federal case against Nader Modanlo, a naturalized USA citizen who was accused of helping Iran accomplish the feat.

Iran's defense minister said Saturday that foreign pressures would not affect Iran's missile program.

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

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

The Khorramshahr was first displayed at a military parade on Friday, where President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would strengthen its missile capabilities.

Trump has vowed repeatedly to take a tougher line toward Iran than his predecessor, threatening at various times to renegotiate or even dismantle the nuclear deal, and shoot Iranian boats out of the water if they provoke USA naval vessels in the Persian Gulf. Similar parades were held in other Iranian cities.

"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".

Under the pact, Tehran agreed to restrict its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

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

France also said it was extremely concerned and called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to carry out a full report on the launch.

Iran denies its missile development breaches the United Nations resolution and says its missiles are not created to carry nuclear weapons.

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