Rouhani: Iran to boost missile capabilities

Rouhani: Iran to boost missile capabilities

Posted: Sep. 22, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled a new long-range ballistic missile during a military parade in Tehran on Friday.

Iran also displayed other home-made advanced missiles, including ballistic missiles, which are reported to have ranges of 1,300 km to 2,000 km. "The ballistic missile which Iran fired is a provocation of the United States and its allies, including Israel", Lieberman said in a statement. At the time, President Trump tweeted that his administration would be less "kind" to Iran in the face of such tests.

President Hassan Rouhani yesterday rejected demands from US President Donald Trump.

This news with the test arrives merely hrs following Iran's parading this rocket which in a military services celebration within Tehran.

"Whether you (the Western powers) want it or not, we will increase our defensive and military capabilities as a deterrent, as much as we deem appropriate".

"This is the third Iranian missile with a range of 2,000 km", it added. 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. In Syria, Iran is a close ally of President Bashar Assad.

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Trump put Iran "on notice" in February for test-firing a ballistic missile and imposed new economic sanctions in July over its missile program and "malign activities" in the Middle East.

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

According to Iran, the projectile is an intermediate-range missile with the range of 2,000 kilometers (about 1243 miles) and capable of carrying several warheads. The agency did not provide further information on the missile.

"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. Thousands of worshippers marched after Friday prayers in Tehran, chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel". NBC News was not able to verify the details of the test or if it had even taken place. "We can not allow it to happen.", Liberman said. During a meeting with a clerical assembly, Khamenei said such comments "do not come from power, but from anger, desperation and weak-mindedness".

During his first address to the UN Tuesday, Mr Trump branded Iran a "murderous regime" and said the 2015 nuclear deal with the country was an "embarrassment".

Iranian officials say that the missiles of their country are not created to carry nuclear warheads, and that, more broadly, Tehran has no program to develop nuclear weapons.

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