Iran warns Europe not to 'force' development of its missile range

Iran warns Europe not to 'force' development of its missile range

Iran displayed the new missile on state television to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The launch followed Washington's warning to Iran about three rocket launches it had in the works, which the United States insisted would violate a UN Security Council resolution.

The Hoveizeh unveiling was part of an arms exhibition titled "40 years of defensive achievements" held in Tehran.

The missile is the most important achievement of Iran's defense sector after the Soumar cruise missile, with the flight range of 700 km, which was unveiled in 2015.

U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran in May of previous year, accusing Tehran, among other things, of working to develop its long-range ballistic missile program.

In another point of differentiation from the US, Iran's official IRNA news agency says President Hassan Rouhani has expressed support for Venezuelan embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

The missile proves that nothing can block the Iranian nation's determination to develop its defense sector, the minister added.

More news: Venezuelan President Guaidó Urges China, Russia to Drop Support for Maduro

Iran had overcome initial problems in producing jet engines for cruise missiles and could now manufacture a full range of the weapons, according to Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division. It quoted Hatami as saying the missile had successfully hit targets at a distance of 1200km.

European governments have stuck by the 2015 agreement, although some have demanded an addition to address Iran's ballistic missile programme and its intervention in regional conflicts including Yemen.

That puts it in range of one of its biggest enemies, Israel.

The resolution called upon Tehran to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231 - adopted just after the nuclear deal - calls on Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons". French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on January 25 that Paris was ready to impose further sanctions on Iran if no progress was made in talks over their programme.

Iran said its missile tests are not in violation of the resolution and denies its missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Iran will be forced to make a "strategic leap" if European or other countries try to limit its missile might, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has said.

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