Iran says Trump claims of North Korea links 'nonsense'

President Donald Trump on Saturday bashed the Iran nuclear agreement after Tehran said it had test-fired a new ballistic missile and would keep developing weapons despite USA pressure.

Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was responding to a tweet by Trump over the weekend in which the USA president wrote: "Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel". They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement the U.S. have, Trump tweeted.

The Khorramshahr missile "has a range of 2,000 kilometers [1,243 miles] with ability to carry multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) within a range of 1,800 kilometers", according to the Tasnim news agency, which is seen as having close ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he is "extremely concerned" by reports that Iran tested a missile, saying the action was inconsistent with United Nations resolutions.

Instead, Iran has emphasised its home-grown missile programme, and denied that this breaches any worldwide laws.

State-owned broadcaster IRIB carried footage of the test without specifying its time or location.

"Iran is directly challenging the worldwide community", said Foreign Ministry director-general Yuval Rotem in a statement.

It is smaller and has greater tactical abilities, it said.

"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", Brigadier General Amir Hatami said in remarks carried by state television.

The nuclear agreement reached during the Obama administration doesn't strictly prohibit Iran from developing missiles.

Rouhani has accused Trump of attempting to sabotage the landmark nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers.



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