Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Iran defies U.S. warnings, tests new missile capable of reaching Israel

Iran defies U.S. warnings, tests new missile capable of reaching Israel

Iran said the Khorramshahr ballistic missile can travel up to a range of 2,000 km and carries several warheads.

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".

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard on Sunday publicly displayed the country's sophisticated Russian-made S-300 air defense system in central Tehran for the first time. They also work with north Korea.

The new missile test by Iran challenges global agreement with Tehran over nuclear issue, said on Saturday 23rd of September american president Donald Trump.

"We will strengthen our defence and military capabilities. whether you want it or not", Rouhani said, a direct response to Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly this week.

The indigenously-built Khorramshahr was first announced by the defence ministry in September 2016, and U.S. officials said it was this ballistic missile was tested in January, sparking global condemnation.

The particular move was obviously a one on one challenge to the US Leader Donald Trump, whom around August finalized a bill imposing compulsory fees and penalties upon individuals involved with Iran's ballistic missile program in addition to anybody who does any business with people active in the program.

Earlier this week, in a speech at the United Nations, President Trump called Iran a "rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos".

The missile called Khorramshahr missile reportedly has a range of 2,000 kilometers and can carry multiple warheads, according to Press TV.

State broadcaster IRIB showed footage of the missile test.

"We have said time and again and we have proven that our missiles are for defense", Zarif said, reminding how Saddam Hussein ordered airstrikes on the Iranian territory in the Iran-Iraq war.

Soltvedt said the missile tests allow Trump to expand sanctions against the country without violating the Iran nuclear deal. This text is supposed to ensure strictly civilian and peaceful iranian nuclear program, in exchange for gradual lifting of sanctions against Tehran. Following the test, the US called for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting, which was held on January 31, to discuss the matter.

The other signatories to the deal - Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the European Union - have all pushed for it to continue.

Officials have said Trump might use the October 15 deadline for certifying to Congress whether Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal to either declare Iran in violation or determine that the agreement is no longer in the national security interest of the U.S.

Zarif was asked about Iran's reaction to Trump's possible withdrawal from the agreement or its decertification.

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