Iran president Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles after Trump speech

Elias Hubbard
September 23, 2017

Iran's Khoramshahr missile is displayed by the Revolutionary Guard during a military parade marking the 37th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran.

Video footage aired by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on Friday evening showed the missile launched from an unknown location.

There has been some sympathy for the USA position from France, whose President Emmanuel Macron said the deal could be expanded to ban missile tests and cut a sunset clause in the nuclear agreement that would see Iran resume some uranium enrichment from 2025. The missile, named Khorramshahr, has a range of 2,000 kms, and can carry numerous types of warheads.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the defense sphere.

"Iran has never boosted its military might to invade other countries, but Tehran has developed it for defensive [purposes] and to deter aggressors".

Rouhani on Wednesday called Trump's speech to the United Nations.

Criticism by the Donald Trump administration of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, including the United States, has focused heavily on Tehran's continuing missile programme.

"We will strengthen our defence and military capabilities. whether you want it or not", Rowhani said, a direct response to Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly this week.

"We need nobody's permission to defend our territories", he said.

Nothing in the nuclear agreement covers the country's missile programme, Tehran has noted, claiming it is exclusively for defence.

The khorramshahr missile capable of carrying multiple warheads.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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