Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticises arms programme

Iran tests a Qadr ballistic missile in the Alborz mountains

US President Donald Trump criticized Iran over its recent ballistic missile test on Saturday and said that the Washington doesn't have "much of an agreement" after Tehran test-fired a missile.

State television flashed images of the Khoramshahr missile's disengaging warhead, calling it the country's third such missile capable of traveling some 2,000 kilometers.

He also criticised a 2015 pact that the United States and other world powers struck with Iran under which Tehran agreed to restrict its nuclear programme in return for relief from economic sanctions.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the country's president vowed that Tehran would press ahead with its missile program in defiance of US demands to the contrary.

Rouhani vowed that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France.

The prospect of Washington reneging on the deal has anxious some of the USA allies that helped negotiate it, especially as the world grapples with North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development.

If he decides that it is not, that could open the way for U.S. lawmakers to reimpose sanctions, leading to the potential collapse of the agreement.

The rocket, which Tehran said could carry several warheads, was shown off by the regime at a military parade on Friday.

The report said the missile was launched late Friday, without providing further details.

Iran's defence minister said on Saturday foreign pressures would not affect Iran's missile programme. This ability can theoretically reach Israel, the sworn enemy of Iran, and us bases in the region. To defend our homeland, we will not ask permission to anyone, " he launched at the military parade.

The Iranian test-launch constituted a direct challenge to Trump, who last month signed a bill imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.

Fitzpatrick agrees it would be a good idea to extend the Iran nuclear deal to include ballistic missiles.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the agreement must be changed or the United States could not stick with it. Iran has said its nuclear accord cannot be renegotiated.

Tehran claims that its tests are completely comply with the nuclear deal because the missiles are not created to carry nuclear warheads.



Other news