Iran 'successfully' launches ballistic missile

Pauline Gross
September 26, 2017

An Iranian medium range missile Zelzal passes by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during an annual military parade. "We seek no one's permission to defend our land".

Iran also displayed other home-made advanced missiles, including ballistic missiles, which are reported to have ranges of 1,300 km to 2,000 km.

The news report cites that detail as being "much to the chagrin of President Trump and company" - but 2017 isn't the first time the US has aired its concerns over Iran's rocket and missile research.

Rouhani hit back at Trump's comments at the United Nations and condemned Israel for opposing the 2015 nuclear deal.

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

Iran has said repeatedly that it has no choice but to boost its defences as its regional rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia sign huge arms contracts with Washington and other Western governments.

He added that the missile test was "further proof of Iran's aspiration to become a world power and to threaten not only the Middle Eastern states, but all the countries of the free world".

That makes them only medium-range but still sufficient to reach Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf.

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Trump told world leaders gathered in NY for the annual UN General Assembly that the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran was "an embarrassment" and "one of the worst" deals the United States had ever struck.

It has a range of 1,240 miles and is capable of carrying multiple warheads, according to Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said that although the 2015 Iran deal was not ideal, the worldwide community should stick with it or risk facing another situation like North Korea.

The American president also threatened to bin the 2015 nuclear accord, saying Iran is developing missiles that could be used to deliver a nuclear warhead.

The next major deadline comes in October when Trump will decide whether to certify that Iran is complying with the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Later on Friday, Iranians staged anti-Trump protests to show their anger over the United States president's speech.

"We are going to strengthen our military capabilities which are necessary for deterrence", Rouhani said at the event, in remarks relayed by the semi-official FARS news agency.

Other reports by GizPress

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