Iran vows to boost missile defenses despite United States criticism

Iranian president hits back at Donald Trump over weapons programme

Iran Unveils New Long-Range Ballistic Missile with Multiple Warheads

State-run Press TV broadcast a footage released by the government of "the successful test-launch" of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade here on Friday with President Hassan Rouhani and senior military officials in attendance, agencies reported.

"Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities which are necessary for deterrence", Rouhani said in a speech.

Press TV stated that the United States claims that Iran's missile tests and rocket launches violate UN Resolution 2231, which was adopted in July 2015 to endorse the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. "We won't ask anyone's permission to defend our land", he said.

The new Iranian long range missile Khoramshahr (front) is displayed during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, on September 22,2017 in Tehran.

The president was speaking a day after returning from the U.N. General Assembly in NY, where Iran came under severe criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump.

What's new, he said, is that Iran says its ballistic missiles can carry multiple warheads and maybe several cluster bombs.

"This Iranian missile launch is an act of provocation and defiance against the United States and its allies, as well as an attempt to test them", Liberman said.

President Donald Trump has threatened to bin the agreement over the issue, saying that Iran's missile programme could give it the technical knowhow for a delivery system for a nuclear warhead when a sunset clause in the deal expires in 2025.

Trump is due to report to Congress on October 15 on whether Iran is still complying with the deal and whether it remains in U.S. interests to stick by it.

Trump knocks Iran deal after Tehran tests missile
On 15 October, head of State must notify Congress if Iran adheres to its commitments in framework of nuclear deal. Officials announced Friday that the missile would be tested "soon".

The move was a direct challenge to President Donald Trump, who in August signed a bill imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran's ballistic missile programme and anyone who does business with them.

In his address to the world body Wednesday, Trump called the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and six major powers, under which Tehran agreed to uranium-enrichment limits and to worldwide inspections of its nuclear facilities in return for the lifting of crippling banking and trade sanctions, an "embarrassment".

"It is also a means to test our reactions as well as new proof of Iran's ambition to become a world power in order to threaten the countries of the Middle East and democratic states around the world".

Revolutionary Guards aerospace commander General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the new Khoramshahr missile has a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) and can carry multiple warheads.

In Syria, Iran is a close ally of President Bashar Assad.

Iran says it has no such plans.

Fitzpatrick agrees it would be a good idea to extend the Iran nuclear deal to include ballistic missiles, "but it is no good talking about this if the U.S. is not honoring the nuclear agreement".

"France will consider ways, with its European and other partners, to get Iran to stop its destabilizing ballistic activities".

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