Iran Launches 'Smart, Advanced' Rockets in Military Drill

The United States insisted that the Iranian test violated UNSC Resolution 2231 which compels Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles and the U.S. Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on Iran due to Tehran's missile program.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency, considered to be close to the Revolutionary Guard, said the launch of the "smart and advanced" rockets came during an annual three-day manoeuvr which began on Monday in Iran's central desert.

Rockets would be used without specifying which kind, according to Pakpour.

At the beginning of the month, amid heightened tensions with the United States, Iran conducted several test-firings of ballistic missiles. Gen. Mohammad Pakpour said amid ongoing military drills, aimed at demonstrating Iran's military capability. The type used during the test-firings were short-range missiles.

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After a test-firing on 29th January, the Trump administration announced new sanctions on 25 individuals and entities involved with Iran's weapons procurement. He said: "Iran would do well to look at the calendar and realise there's a new president in the Oval Office".

Earlier, Tehran's ballistic missile tests caused concerns among their worldwide partners but Iranian foreign minister spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that the Islamic Republic's missile program is about Iran and its people, and doesn't concern others.

New Pentagon chief James Mattis, for his part, has branded Iran "the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world".

Trump himself has repeatedly denounced the historic accord as "one of the worst deals I've ever seen".

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