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

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

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

Rouhani addressed Friday's parade in Tehran, noting that Tehran would not halt its missile program and would continue to boost military capabilities, despite USA threats to scrap the landmark 2015 agreement that capped Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of worldwide sanctions on Iran.

Video footage aired by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on Friday evening showed the missile launched from an unknown location.

The United States says Tehran's ballistic missile tests violated a U.N. resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal.

The state-run news agency IRNA quoted the chief of the Revolutionary Guards' airspace division, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, as saying that the new missile "can carry several warheads for various uses".

This was due to what was termed as a violation of the spirit of the 2015 agreement between Iran and six world powers to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

The nuclear deal concluded in 2015 with the great powers does not prohibit the activities in ballistic missile from Iran, but the resolution 2231 of the security Council, which endorsed this agreement, calls on Iran not to carry out activities to develop missiles created to carry nuclear warheads. USA defense officials said the test seemed to be a failure because the missile crashed or exploded after flying more than 500 miles.

Hatami added that Tehran will "not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile".

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He added, "Whether you like it or not we are going to help Syria, Yemen and Palestine, and we will strengthen our missiles".

Trump has criticized the nuclear deal and said it must be strengthened, or the USA could walk away.

"We will not put up with threats and intimidation, we believe in negotiations and moderation", he continued, referring to US President Donald Trump's speech.

Tehran has argued that the missile is exclusively for defensive purposes and is not a menace for any country in the region.

The next major deadline comes in October when Trump will decide whether to certify that Iran is complying with the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The Iranian president also reaffirmed his country's commitment to the nuclear deal. "The ballistic missile which Iran fired is a provocation of the United States and its allies, including Israel", Lieberman said in a statement. Netanyahu vowed to fight what he described as "an Iranian curtain" descending on the Middle East, and pledged to prevent Iran from producing any weapons that could hit Israel.

Trump's secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has said that the Iran nuclear agreement must be changed or the United States would not stick with it. Iran has said the accord is not up for renegotiation.

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