Trump Rips Nuclear Deal Following Iran's Missile Test

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

The Khorramshahr was first displayed at a military parade on Friday, where President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would strengthen its missile capabilities.

The broadcaster did not specify when and where the test was carried out.

Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite USA pressure to stop.

The test comes at the end of a heated week of diplomacy at the UN General Assembly, where both the United States and Israel denounced Iran and its nuclear deal with six world powers.

Iran denies its missile development breaches the United Nations resolution and says its missiles are not created to carry nuclear weapons.

Tehran had announced earlier on Saturday that he had tested "successfully" a new missile with a range of 2,000 km. Trump has singled out the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), popularly called the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, for disdain, and has repeatedly flirted with voiding the landmark agreement.

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

The Khorramshahr missile was paraded, despite warnings from the USA against Iran's weapons program, in the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and senior military leaders.

The 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement does not address the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile program.

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

Mr Rouhani has insisted that the nuclear deal can not be renegotiated. The other signatories to the deal - Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the European Union - have all pushed for it to continue.

"Iran has just tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel".

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally for Senator Luther Strange at the Von Braun Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. September 22, 2017.

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

State media said similar protests took place in other Iranian cities and towns.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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