In Defiance to US, Iran Unveils New Missile During Parade

In Defiance to US, Iran Unveils New Missile During Parade

Iran unveiled a new long-range ballistic missile during military parade in the capital Tehran on Friday as the country marked the beginning of a week-long Defense Week.

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

"Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities, needed in the area of deterrence". We will not seek anyone's permission to defend our land.

In February, Iran test-fired the same medium-range type of missile, prompting Trump to say that the United States is "putting Iran on notice".

In April, American President Donald Trump ordered a review of whether a suspension of sanctions on Iran related to the nuclear deal, negotiated under President Barack Obama, was in the United States national security interest.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said that although the 2015 Iran deal was not flawless, the worldwide community should stick with it or risk facing another situation like North Korea.

At the event, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that the country's military power has been used only in acts of defense, despite what he called the export of deadly weapons by foreign powers to the Middle East.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, reviews a military parade on September 22, 2017, the anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran.

Rouhani said the United States and Israel have isolated themselves by opposing the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the other major powers.

Speaking a day later, Mr Rouhani said the Iranian people were waiting for an apology from Mr Trump for his "extremely offensive" rhetoric and "unfounded" allegations about Iran.

Announcing the introduction of new sanctions against Iran, then-US President Barack Obama said the nuclear deal was never meant to resolve all controversy with Iran.

The officials have not provided any details on the capabilities of the advanced missile, Tasnim news agency reported.

Mr. Trump's secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, has said that the Iran nuclear agreement must be changed or the United States would not stick with it. Iran has said the accord is not up for renegotiation.

He also said Tehran will keep supporting the "oppressed people of Yemen, Syria and Palestine" - a reference to Iran's role in the wars in Yemen and Syria and its support for Palestinian militant groups such as Hamas.

Iranian officials have argued that the measure only applies to missiles specifically created to carry nuclear warheads.

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