Iran tests new ballistic missile defying USA threats


Defying UN security council resolutions and U.S. warnings, Iran test fired a new ICBM that they say is capable of carrying multiple warheads.

Friday's military parade was to mark the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988; as Tasnim reports, the missile is named for a city in Iran's southwest that was attacked in that conflict. Iran says all of its missiles are created to carry conventional warheads only and has limited their range to a maximum of 2,000 km, although commanders say they have the technology to go further.

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander, told the media that the missile became smaller in size and more tactical.

"We don't think Trump will walk out of the deal despite [his] rhetoric and propaganda", he said.

The range of this missile would cover most of the Middle East, including Israel.

Speaking during Friday's parade, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would press ahead with strengthening its missile capabilities and military defenses, Press TV reported. He said Iran would also strengthen air, land, and sea forces.

Iran said it tested a new medium-range ballistic missile, the day after unveiling it in defiance of USA criticism over its disputed nuclear program.

It's been known that Iran has had a missile with a range capable of reaching Israel, said Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Institute for Internal Strategic Studies-Americas, a think tank. Last week, Netanyahu met with President Donald Trump to discuss 2015 nuclear agreement as well as Iran's regional behavior. If he announces that this is not case, n Congress may, réimposer sanctions against Iran.

The Khorramshahr is a long-range ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads.

Rouhani has stated that this Trump government is looking to get "an excuse" to get out from the landmark 2015- nuclear arrangement which topped Iran's atomic activities in substitution for the lifting of worldwide actions against Iran.

Rohani said Iran will not be the first party in the nuclear accord to violate the agreement.

Previous Iranian missile launches have triggered U.S. sanctions and accusations that they violate the spirit of the 2015 N-deal between Tehran, major powers.