Iran continues to conduct missile tests

On Friday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced that they would continue to strengthen their missile capabilities and would not need any permission from any other country. Rouhani was speaking at a military parade where among the displayed weapons was a new ballistic missile that has a range of 2,000 km and can carry several warheads at a time.

According to the Tasnim news agency covering the parade, the head of the Revolutionary Guards, aerospace division, Amirali Hajizadeh provided some more details of the missile. Tuesday, speaking at the UN General Assembly, president Trump accused Iran of building its missile capability and fuelling violence in Yemen, Syria and other parts of the Middle East. He also took this opportunity to criticize the nuclear pact between Iran and the US and six other powers which eased economic sanctions on Iran in exchange of restricting its nuclear power.

In his televised speech, President Rouhani stated that they would strengthen their military power and missile capabilities as a deterrent and for their country's defense; they do not require anybody's permission. He stressed that every country except the United States and the Zionist regime (Israel) gave their support to the nuclear deal in the United Nations General Assembly.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for a change in the agreement or else the US would back out of it but Iran has refused for any renegotiation on it. This call by the US has worried many of the six powers involved especially keeping in mind the turmoil of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi felt that the Korean peninsula tension has raised the importance of the Iranian deal and thus, they would continue to support it. In February, Trump had already served notice to Iran for test-firing a ballistic missile. He had also slammed fresh new economic sanctions in July on Iran for its missile program and 'malign activities' in the Middle East. On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the US imposition of unilateral sanctions on Iran as illegitimate and a move that has undermined the collective nature of international efforts.

December 17, 2017 - 00:51
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