Iran defies USA, tests new missile

Iran defies USA, tests new missile

"As long as some speak in the language of threats, the strengthening of the country's defense capabilities will continue and Iran will not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile", Iranian Minister of Defense Amir Hatami said in a statement.

Iran's last missile test was in February, an action that resulted in a new wave of sanctions from the Trump administration in July.

"We will increase our military power as a deterrent".

At the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran was building its missile capability and accused it of exporting violence to Yemen, Syria and other parts of the Middle East.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the country's president vowed that Tehran would press ahead with its missile program in defiance of USA demands to the contrary.

The missile can carry multiple warheads, according to the state broadcaster.

"Rouhani is playing hardball", said Sanam Vakil, an Iran scholar at Chatham House, a think tank in London, and at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

"We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces".

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The new missile can be equipped with multiple warheads, not only one, Tasnim news agency reports.

"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".

Rouhani on Wednesday called Trump's speech to the United Nations.

UN inspectors say Iran has fulfilled its commitments to give up its nuclear activities under the agreement, which was reached with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

Under the pact, Tehran agreed to restrict its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

The American president also threatened to bin the 2015 nuclear accord, saying Iran is developing missiles that could be used to deliver a nuclear warhead.

The possibility that Washington might renege on the deal has anxious some countries, especially as the world grapples with North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development.

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