Iran Is 'Working with North Korea' on Missiles

Iran Unveils Khoramshahr Ballistic Missile

The U.S. now imposes unilateral sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program.

Though Iran has long boasted of having missiles in the same range in its arsenal, it was the first time that the Khoramshahr, with a range of 1,250 miles, had been displayed in public.

"On the path to improve our country's defensive capacity we will certainly not be the least affected by any threats and we won't ask anyone's permission", he said, according to Reuters.

"You are seeing images of the successful test of the Khorramshahr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, the latest missile of our country", state television said.

Trump's administration has twice certified that Iran is complying with its obligations under the accord. "They are also working with North Korea (sic)", he tweeted. If he decides that it is not, that could open the way for United States lawmakers to reimpose sanctions, leading to the potential collapse of the agreement.

Previous Iranian missile launches have triggered United States sanctions and accusations that they violate the spirit of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

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.

But Trump, who this week described the deal as an "embarrassment", is due to report to the US Congress on October 15 on whether or not he believes that Iran is in compliance.

The entire global community praised the deal "except only two people", Rouhani said, referring to Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

State TV did not say when the test had been conducted, although Iranian officials said on September 22 that it would be tested "soon".

Iranian officials have argued that the measure only applies to missiles specifically created to carry nuclear warheads.

"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.



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