Iran's Rouhani vows to boost missiles despite USA criticism

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

The missile was unveiled at a military parade on Friday in Tehran, marking the 36th anniversary of the Saddam's invasion of Iran which imposed an eight-year long war on the Islamic Republic. State broadcaster IRIB quoted an Iranian commander who stated that the country would not seek "permission" for future weapons tests.

In August, Trump signed a new sanctions bill against Iran for its continued development of ballistic missiles, among other charges.

The US announced fresh sanctions on Iran in July over its ballistic missile programme and what it said was Iran's support for terror organisations.

In February, Iran test-fired the same medium-range type of missile, prompting Trump to say that the United States was "putting Iran on notice".

Friday's parade also showcased various Iranian army units and Revolutionary Guard forces, as well as the police.

The President's critique bolstered the view of those who believe the U.S. will walk away from the Iranian nuclear deal struck under Barack Obama.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that the USA imposition of unilateral sanctions on Iran was "illegitimate and undermines the collective nature of worldwide efforts".

Rouhani added that "Iran's military power lies in its commitment to never invade another country or land".

"Whether you like it or not, we are going to defend the oppressed peoples of Yemen, Palestine and Syria", he said.

"Regrettably, since the agreement was confirmed we have seen anything but a more peaceful, stable region and this is a real issue", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters at the United Nations.

Echoing him, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said since the deal Iran has been "like a hungry tiger unleashed, not joining the community of nations but devouring nations one after the other".

Iran says it designed, developed and built the missile internally.

Not many details are known about Khoramshahr.

The missile can carry multiple warheads and its range would make it easily capable of reaching Israel and Saudi Arabia. The agency did not provide further information.

"On the one hand Iran is trying to demonstrate they are the pragmatic rational actor here and maintain unity among the other signatories of the nuclear agreement, even if from the United States side it starts to unravel", Vakil told CNN.

Iran frequently calls for the death of both America and Israel. He added that Iran remains fully committed to the pact, Press TV reported.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the comments in a meeting with members of Iran's Assembly of Experts in Tehran on Thursday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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