Iran launches new ballistic missile

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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.

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

Iran's last missile test was in February, an action that resulted in a new wave of sanctions from the Trump administration in July.

The missile can carry multiple warheads, according to the state broadcaster.

He cautioned that Iran's claim that the new missile could carry multiple warheads "needs to be taken with a grain of salt", adding that the it "may mean nothing more than multiple cluster bombs", not the kind of ballistic missile payload - multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle, or MIRV - associated with nuclear missiles.

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That makes them only medium-range, which is still sufficient to reach Israel or USA bases in the Persian Gulf.

Friday's parade and missile display come days after Iran was called out in a speech by President Trump at the United Nations General Assembly, in which he called the nuclear deal with Iran "one of the worst and one-sided transactions" the USA has ever conducted.

Iran's defense minister said on Saturday foreign pressures would not affect Iran's missile program.

The missile was launched from an unknown location. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (I RGC) Aerospace Division.

It was mainly a procedural move, but it was significant since reimposing nuclear-related sanctions could lead Iran to end its compliance with the deal and revert back to rapid uranium enrichment - something it's threatened to do if the United States reneges. If, as now appears increasingly likely, he decides that it is not, it could open the way for renewed USA sanctions and perhaps the collapse of the agreement.

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

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

On Wednesday, Rouhani spoke during the 2017 gathering of the UN General Assembly.

In early March, Iran tested a pair of Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missiles.

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.

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