Rouhani says Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities

Iran Unveils New Ballistic Missile During Military Parade

Iran has successfully test-fired a new long-range ballistic missile that can carry several warheads to hit multiple targets, local media reported.

President Donald Trump and the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have also condemned Iran's action.

Called the Khorramshahr missile, the weapon has a range of 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) and can carry multiple warheads, according to Press TV.

"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building risky missiles, and we can not abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program", Trump said, while also referring to the Iran nuclear deal as "an embarrassment" to the U.S.

"As long as some speak in the language of threats, the strengthening of the country's defence capabilities will continue and Iran will not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile", Defence Minister Amir Hatami said in a statement. 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.

Criticism by the Donald Trump administration of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, including the United States, has focused heavily on Tehran's continuing missile programme. We will strengthen our missile capabilities.

Tehran says that the missiles are entirely legitimate under the terms of the deal as they are not created to carry a nuclear warhead.

Friday's parade and missile display come days after Iran was called out in a speech by President Trump at the United Nations General Assembly, in which he called the nuclear deal with Iran "one of the worst and one-sided transactions" the US has ever conducted.

The deal, Rouhani said, is supported by his government and the five other parties - Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - that signed the agreement. The Trump administration told Congress in July that Iran was complying with the terms of the deal, but added the country would face consequences if it violated "the spirit" of the deal.

Washington considers Tehran's ballistic missile tests to be a violation of the United Nations resolution that endorsed JCPOA. But Iran is still subject to an arms embargo and other restrictions, which are not technically part of the nuclear agreement.

Tehran is not pursuing construction of its existing heavy water research reactor and has not enriched uranium above the agreed 3.67-percent limit, the report concluded, adding that Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium (which can be used for peaceful purposes unless further processed for a nuclear weapon) was 101.7kg - considerably lower than the agreed level of 300kg.



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