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Minister Says Iran's New Ballistic Missile 'Strategic Weapon'

Minister Says Iran's New Ballistic Missile 'Strategic Weapon'

IRAN stands accused by Donald Trump of colluding with North Korea after testing a new medium-range ballistic missile, with the President again calling into question a landmark nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers.

The Tasnim news agency, which quoted the head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace division, Amirali Hajizadeh, gave few other details of the missile.

Iranian State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran on Friday.

Rouhani added that the statements by US President Donald Trump were at odds with the positive position adopted by other United Nations states. US defense officials said the test seemed to be a failure because the missile crashed or exploded after flying more than 500 miles.

Most U.N. sanctions were lifted 18 months ago under a deal Iran made with key world powers to curb its nuclear program. If he does not, Congress has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the deal.




Videos showed the missile, called the "Khoramshahr", being paraded through Tehran.

The timing of the test was not disclosed by the broadcaster, although officials had said yesterday that it would be tested "soon". The military will be strengthened to the extent that Iran considers necessary, he added.

The Islamic republic said in its announcement today that the Khorramshahr missile could carry several warheads.

The nuclear agreement reached during the Obama administration doesn't strictly prohibit Iran from developing missiles. "It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos", Trump said. Rouhani added that they would definitely promote their defensive as well as military power according to their needs and also to defend their land. In a rejoinder to Mr. Trump's call to renegotiate the nuclear deal, he said that "all countries" at the General Assembly meeting supported the nuclear deal, "except the United States and the Zionist regime", a reference to Israel. Following the test, the USA called for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting, which was held on January 31, to discuss the matter.


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