Iran tested new ballistic missile on Friday: state media
Move will raise concerns in Washington, but Iran denies its missile program breaches nuclear deal resolution, insisting the missiles are not designed to carry nuclear weapons
Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, state media reported on Saturday after the missile was displayed in a military parade on Friday.
The test-firing of the Khorramshahr missile, which Iran said could carry several warheads, is likely to raise concerns in Washington.
State broadcaster IRIB carried footage of the missile test – including video from an on-board camera which it said showed the detachment of the cone that carries multiple warheads – without giving its time and location.
“You are seeing images of the successful test of the Khorramshahr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, the latest missile of our country,” state television said. “This is the third Iranian missile with a range of 2,000 km.”
The Khorramshahr missile was first displayed at a parade on Friday, where President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would strengthen its missile capabilities without seeking any country’s permission.
At the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said Iran was building its missile capability and accused it of exporting violence to Yemen, Syria and other parts of the Middle East.
He also criticized the 2015 pact that the United States and other world powers struck with Iran under which Tehran agreed to restrict its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions.
The US has imposed unilateral sanctions against Iran, saying Tehran’s ballistic missile tests violate a UN resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal and called on Tehran not to undertake activities relating to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
Iran denies its missile development breaches the resolution, saying the missiles are not designed to carry nuclear weapons.