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Iran unveils new long-range ballistic missile

Iran unveils new long-range ballistic missile

Rouhani spoke during a military parade on Friday commemorating the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, the Associated Press reported.

"As long as some (of the powers) talk in a threatening language, Iran's strengthening of its defense power will continue", Hatami said.

During his first address to the United Nations, Trump on Tuesday referred to Iran as a "corrupt dictatorship" that exports "violence, bloodshed and chaos".

"We will strengthen our missile capabilities".

Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile, according to the country's state-run media.

State broadcaster IRIB carried footage of the missile test without giving its time and location.

This was due to what was termed as a violation of the spirit of the 2015 agreement between Iran and six world powers to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

"We need nobody's permission to defend our territories", he said. Iran has said repeatedly that it has no choice but to boost its defences as its regional rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia sign huge arms contracts with Washington and other Western governments. It is unclear when the test took place.

The new missile can be equipped with multiple warheads, not only one, Tasnim news agency reports.

"We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces".

The U.S. announced additional economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program and destabilizing actions in the region in July.

One major sticking point of the JCPOA is that Iran has been "called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology". The new missile represents a leap forward in Iranian missile technology that puts the state of Israel right in the crosshairs.

"Like North Korea, Iran is responding to Trump's bellicosity by its own display of strength, to show it is not cowed", said Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Americas office of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British think tank.

"Imagine the danger of hundreds of nuclear weapons in the hands of a vast Iranian Islamist empire, with the missiles to deliver them anywhere on earth", Netanyahu said.


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