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Defiant Iran test fires ballistic missile 'Khorramshahr'

Melinda Barton | 25 September, 2017, 04:11

Iran has tested a new ballistic missile that is capable of striking anywhere in the Middle East as well as Eastern Europe and parts of Asia, including most of India, according to Iranian state media.

The Islamic republic said in its announcement today that the Khorramshahr missile could carry several warheads. Addressing an armed forces parade in Tehran on September 22, marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1980-88 war with Iraq, Rohani pledged to build as many missiles as deemed necessary for deterrence and to reinforce other sections of Iran's armed forces.

The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, clearly stated that Iran is ready to fight against any western power and that the country is a major reason for equilibrium in the region's political environment.

Iran has unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the president vowed to press ahead with its missile programme in defiance of U.S. demands.

In August, Trump signed a new sanctions bill against Iran for its continued development of ballistic missiles, among other charges.

"We will increase our military power as a deterrent", he said.

Trump has suggested that the Iranian missiles might be used for carrying a nuclear warhead, the allegations which Iran has rejected.

"He [Trump] stated that the [Iranian nuclear] deal was bad, but all the other countries say that the agreement is good", the Iranian President said, adding that the deal cannot be revised.

Images of the "successful" launch were carried by broadcaster IRIB, including video from an on-board camera.

During Trump's address to the United Nations Tuesday, Trump accused Iran of supporting terrorists and called Tehran a "corrupt dictatorship" and a "murderous regime".

Iran unveiled its latest ballistic missile dubbed "Khoramshahr" during a military parade in Tehran on Friday.

Trump is due to report to Congress on October 15 on whether or not he believes Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal.

In Syria, Iran is a close ally of President Bashar Assad.

Rouhani hit back at Trump's comments at the United Nations and condemned Israel for opposing the 2015 nuclear deal.