Iran successfully tests new missile after unveiling it during military parade

Kristopher Drake
September 24, 2017

"Now, you know I've been ambassador to the United Nations and I'm a long-serving Israeli prime minister, so I've listened to countless speeches in this hall, but I can say this: none were bolder, none more courageous and forthright than the one delivered by President Trump today". Iran has said that it will strengthen it's missile capabilities and will not ask the permission of any country to do so.

"The weight of the Khorramshahr missile's warhead has been announced to be 1,800 kg (4,000 lbs), ... making it Iran's most powerful missile for defence and retaliation against any aggressive enemy", state television said.

"This is the third Iranian missile with a range of 2,000 km", the broadcaster said as it showed footage on September 23.

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.

The news of the test comes just hours after Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveiled the missile during a military parade in Tehran.

Tehran says that the missiles are entirely legitimate under the terms of the deal as they are not created to carry a nuclear warhead.

With such a range, the missile would be easily capable of reaching Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Trump used his U.N. speech to dismiss the pact with Tehran, which lifted sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program, as an "embarrassment" and "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into".

A ballistic missile, called Khorramshahr, was put on display during the parade. "We seek no one's permission to defend our land".

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

He is due to report to Congress on October 15 on whether or not he believes Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal.

Global experts are nearly unanimous in their opinion that Iran is abiding by the pact that saw Tehran agree to limit its nuclear program, which the West believed was aimed at developing weapons, in exchange for the easing of worldwide economic sanctions.

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