France 'extremely concerned' by Iran ballistic missile test

Saul Bowman
September 26, 2017

State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran on Friday.

- Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities.

The Iranian armed forces commemorated the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, on Friday, by holding a parade in which Iran's most advanced military power and abilities are showcased.

It's been known that Iran has had a missile with a range capable of reaching Israel, said Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Institute for Internal Strategic Studies-Americas, a think tank.

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Saturday that the missile test was "not just a provocation and an act of defiance directed at the US and its allies, including Israel, it is also further proof of Iran's aspirations to become a world power and to threaten not just the Middle East but all the countries of the free world".

Rouhani has stated that this Trump government is looking to get "an excuse" to get out from the landmark 2015- nuclear arrangement which topped Iran's atomic activities in substitution for the lifting of worldwide actions against Iran. If he decides that it is not, that could open the way for United States lawmakers to reimpose sanctions, leading to the potential collapse of the agreement.

What's new, he said, is that Iran says its ballistic missiles can carry multiple warheads and maybe several cluster bombs.


"Like North Korea, Iran is responding to Trump's bellicosity by its own display of strength, to show it is not cowed", said Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Americas office of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British think tank.

Called the Khorramshahr missile, the weapon has a range of 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) and can carry multiple warheads, according to Press TV.

That makes them only medium-range, which is still sufficient to reach Israel or U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf. The Trump administration has repeatedly said that Iran is violating the "spirit" of the JCPOA, and has suggested that it will not certify Tehran's compliance at the next review deadline October 15.

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.

President Trump has promised over and over again to adopt a much harder line in the direction of Iran, intimidating at numerous time to negotiate or maybe take apart this 2015 nuclear option, as well as blast Iranian boats out from the waters should they pressure United states naval ships.

On Thursday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all major policies in Iran, said Trump's "cheap, ugly, foolish and unreal" remarks before the U.N. General Assembly were a sign of desperation.

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