Iran Unveils New Ballistic Missile During Military Parade

Tasnim news: Iran unveils a ballistic missile that can hit Israel

Friday's military parade was to mark the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988; as Tasnim reports, the missile is named for a city in Iran's southwest that was attacked in that conflict.

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

Rouhani's comments came three days after Trump accused Iran at the U.N. General Assembly of building "dangerous" missiles and exporting violence to Yemen, Syria and other parts of the region.

Iran has "successfully" launched a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, Press TV reported on Saturday.

Rouhani has said that the Trump administration is seeking "an excuse" to pull out of the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement that capped Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of global sanctions on Iran. Even if those chances are slim, if Iran pushes Israel to the wall, they will nearly certainly respond. "We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces ..."

Though Iran has long boasted of having missiles in that range, it was the first time that the missile, called the Khorramshahr, was displayed in public.

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

Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal, despite USA pressure to stop.

"The missile has become smaller in size (compared to other Iranian ballistic missiles) and more tactical, and it will be operational in the near future", Hajizadeh told reporters on Friday.

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

Worldwide 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 global economic sanctions.

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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