Iran successfully tests new ballistic missile: state media

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

Upon his return from New York, Mr. Rouhani strongly defended Iran's right to self-defense.

The president has said he's already made a decision about whether or not Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.

"We guard vigorously the security of the Islamic Iran and the rhetoric of threat and incivility not only has no effects on the will of Iranian officials but also strengthens our determination to progress", highlighted the senior official. "Not only will we fortify our missiles, but our ground, navy and air forces will always be supported by the people".

The same day as Rouhani's speech, Tehran unveiled their new ballistic missile at a military parade commemorating the 37-year anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War that left hundreds of thousands dead.

US President Donald Trump has warned that the new ballistic missile "successfully" tested by Iran may be able to reach Israel. "Moreover, hard-liners, such as Iran's supreme leader, believe compromise with the United States is a futile exercise".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to strengthen the country's missile capabilities, state media reported. The agency did not provide further information.

Mr. Rouhani, a moderate, has staked his reputation on sealing the nuclear deal and relieving the Iranian economy of debilitating worldwide sanctions.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the test a "provocation" aimed at the United States, Israel and their allies. The Trump administration told Congress in July that Iran was complying with the terms of the deal, but added the country would face consequences if it violated "the spirit" of the deal.

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".

What's new, he said, is that Iran says its ballistic missiles can carry multiple warheads and maybe several cluster bombs.

Fitzpatrick agrees it would be a good idea to extend the Iran nuclear deal to include ballistic missiles.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said tensions on the Korean peninsula underlined the importance of the Iranian deal, and that China would continue to support it.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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