Iran to Continue Military Defense Program, Says Minister

Iran to Continue Military Defense Program, Says Minister

Iran to Continue Military Defense Program, Says Minister

"Iran successfully tested the long-range Khorramshahr ballistic missile", IRIB reported, adding that this was the country's third test of a missile with a range of around 1,240 miles.

The country's determination to expand its missile capabilities will remain a main source of friction between Washington and Tehran, according to Torbjorn Soltvedt, principal MENA analyst at Verisk Maplecroft.

For the first time, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps displayed the S-300 advanced Russian air defense system in the heart of capital Tehran near the parliament building. "But we do know is that we'll need all the capabilities of the USA armed forces to be able to deal with Iran and North Korea at the same time".

The leader also called a nuclear deal the USA - under the Barack Obama administration - and other countries reached with Iran in 2015 an "embarrassment for the US".

The range means that this missile can reach the Middle East as well as Israel which is a breaking news for the western powers.

The test comes at the end of a heated week of diplomacy at the UN General Assembly in NY, where Trump again accused Iran of destabilizing the Middle East, calling it a "rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos".

That sounds like a legitimate right, but the next statement, "whether you like it or not we are going to help Syria, Yemen and Palestine, and we will strengthen our missiles", irked the United States president clearly anxious about Israel. Trump echoed Flynn's remarks in tweets.

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Rouhani's comments, broadcast on the anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, appeared to be aimed at President Trump, who sharply criticized Iran in a speech this week at the United Nations General Assembly.

The United States extended sanctions relief for Iran last week as part of the agreement, which President Donald Trump has described as "the worst deal ever".

"Our armed forces and defence power have always been for strengthening peace and we have never utilised our defensive power for conquering a land but exclusively defending our own motherland", added the Iranian president.

Washington has called on Tehran not to get involved in activities linked to nuclear missiles.

Other signatories to the nuclear accord are Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.

In doing so, he validated North Korea's repeated assertion that it fears that the United States is out to "totally destroy North Korea", and therefore is justified to squander its scant resources to develop nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles.

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