Defiant Iran test fires ballistic missile 'Khorramshahr'


Less than a day after it showed off the new ballistic missile Khorramshahr during a large-scale military parade, Tehran announced Saturday that the missile has been successfully tested.

Gen Amir Hatami, the Defense Minister of Iran, mapped out all the unique aspects and specifications of Khoranshahr missile, "The ability to evade the enemy's air defence line and to be guided from the moment of launch until the target is hit turns Khoramshahr into a tactical missile".

During the parade on Friday, Tehran also displayed other ballistic missiles, which reportedly have a range of 1,300-2,000 km.

Trump has threatened to bin the nuclear agreement, saying Iran is developing missiles that may be used to deliver a nuclear warhead when the deal's restrictions are lifted in 2025, reports AFP.

Trump also called the Iran nuclear deal, concluded after two years of painstaking talks by Iran and six major powers, "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions" and an "embarrassment" to the United States, raising speculations that he is intent on making good on his election promise to scuttle the multilateral deal.

Yesterday during the parade, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country will continue to advance its missile program and vowed not to ask for any foreign state's permission regarding the matter.

"We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary", Rouhani said.

Rouhani said his first request from the country's minister of education in his recently-inaugurated cabinet had been to help students learn a profession within the 12-year-long school process so they can begin working in the society, should they choose not to pursue academic education.

"It has the potential to carry nuclear warheads, but I am skeptical as to whether it can carry multiple ones because nuclear warheads are so large", said Fitzpatrick, who also heads the think tank's Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme. But the subjective nature of the reporting requirements in the law passed by Congress means that Trump could opt to decertify Iranian compliance, even as the IAEA says Tehran is fulfilling its obligations.

If Washington pulls out of the deal, the ambassadors said they would do everything possible to protect any companies based in Europe that continue to do business with Iran from reimposed US sanctions.

"Imagine what would happen if Iran would obtain nuclear weapons, which is where she is headed".

"For Rouhani, reasserting Iran's ballistic missile ambitions provides cover against hard-line critics that see the nuclear agreement as a capitulation to world powers".

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 global efforts". "It would send a signal that diplomacy is not reliable ... that would affect our credibility in the West when we're not honoring an agreement that Iran has not violated".

Like the other ambassadors, Darroch said his country shares concerns about Iran's missile development and its backing for groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.