Iran "successfully" launches ballistic missile

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   FIREPOWER Iran has been repeatedly slammed by the US for developing nuclear weapons

The Iranian president said the military power is exclusively aimed at defending the country and the region against aggressors and terrorists, stressing that no one can stop Tehran from developing its conventional armaments.

As well as carrying out missile tests, Iran has also launched a space satellite and fired missiles at Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria over the past few months.

"We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary", Rouhani said.

The missile has a range of 2000 km (1242 miles) and can carry a warhead to a range of 1800 km (1118 miles).

Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Saturday denounced Iran's testing of a medium-range missile as a "provocation" and said it was proof of Tehran's ambition to become a world power. "Israel will defend itself with the full force of our arms and the full power of our convictions", Netanyahu said at the UN.




The same day as Rouhani's speech, Tehran unveiled their new ballistic missile at a military parade commemorating the 37-year anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War that left hundreds of thousands dead.

The test shows that Iran has a multiple warhead missile well within range of Jerusalem. 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. We will not seek anyone's permission to defend our land.

A ballistic missile, called Khorramshahr, was put on display during the parade.

Trump has vowed repeatedly to take a tougher line towards Iran, threatening at various time to renegotiate or dismantle the 2015 nuclear deal, and shoot Iranian boats out of the water if they provoke USA naval vessels. "As long as Iranians were barred from entering the USA, US citizens would be barred from entering Iran; as soon as the US lifts the ban, as it was forced to do at the end of February, Iran would respond in kind". Following the test, the US called for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting, which was held on January 31, to discuss the matter.

Criticism by the Trump administration of the 2015 nuclear deal has focused heavily on Tehran's continuing missile program.

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