Iran unveiled a 2,000km-range ballistic missile during the military parade in Tehran on Friday, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and senior military officials in attendance, the Iranian state-run media outlet Press TV reported.
The ballistic missile is named Khorramshahr and capable of carrying multiple warheads, according to the reporting quoting rigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division.
“As it was observed, the missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future,” the general said.
President Rouhani publicly stated that Iran is strengthening its missile capabilities and defense programs and no country can stop this.
“We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary,” the presidet said. “We seek no one’s permission to defend our land.”
The military parade came just days after US President Donald Trump described Iran a “murderous regime” in his first ever speech at the United Nations.
Trump slammed the nuclear deal lifting sanctions on Iran and called it an “embarrassment” that should be scrapped. Iran promised to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for a easing of economic sanctions as part of the deal. However, the Trump administration sees it as a mistake accusing Tehran of developing its missile and nuclear programmes.
Rouhani responded to Trump during own speech at the UN general assembly saying that the nuclear deal should not be “destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics” that Trump’s criticisms of the agreement is “ignorant”.