Iran's Reaction to Trump Speech: A New Ballistic Missile

Posted September 24, 2017

Rouhani's nationally televised speech at the parade - which commemorates the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88 - and the show of force were a direct display of defiance toward President Trump, who signed a bill in August imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.

"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 successfully tested a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and travel up to 2,000 kilometers, state media reported Saturday.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Saturday called an Iranian test of a missile that could reach Israel, test a provocation to the United States and a threat to the whole world.

"Whether you (the Western powers) want it or not, we will increase our defensive and military capabilities as a deterrent, as much as we deem appropriate".

Among the weapons unveiled was a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The broadcaster gave no date for the test, although officials had said on Friday that it would be tested "soon".

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Although the US State Department admits that Iran has not violated the agreement, they have stated that the ballistic missile tests breach the spirit of the agreement, as it would be relatively easy to modify a ballistic missile to carry a nuclear warhead. "We seek no one's permission to defend our land".

The United States extended sanctions relief for Iran last week as part of the agreement, which President Donald Trump has described as "the worst deal ever".

Trump has singled out the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), popularly called the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, for disdain, and has repeatedly flirted with voiding the landmark agreement.

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

Fitzpatrick agrees it would be a good idea to extend the Iran nuclear deal to include ballistic missiles.

Later on Friday, Iranians staged anti-Trump protest to show their anger over the US president's speech.