The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its tests violate a United Nations resolution that calls on the country not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Iran says it has no such plans.
Iran said in its announcement on Saturday that the missile could carry several warheads.
The state broadcaster IRIB showed footage of the missile test without giving its time and location. It included video from an onboard camera, which the broadcaster said showed the detachment of the cone that carries multiple warheads.
“You are seeing images of the successful test of the Khorramshahr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers, the latest missile of our country,” IRIB said, adding that this was Iran’s third missile with such range.
The Khorramshahr missile was first displayed at a military parade on Friday, during which President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would strengthen its missile capabilities.
President Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that Iran was building its missile capacity and accused it of exporting violence to Yemen, Syria and other parts of the Middle East.
Mr. Trump also criticized the 2015 pact that the United States and other world powers struck with Iran under which Tehran agreed to restrict its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions.
Iran’s defense minister said Saturday that foreign pressures would not affect Iran’s missile program.
“On the path to improve our country’s defensive capacity we will certainly not be the least affected by any threats and we won’t ask anyone’s permission,” the defense minister, Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami, said in remarks carried by state television.
The United States says that Iran’s ballistic missile tests violate a United Nations resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal. Britain expressed similar concerns on Saturday.
In a post on Twitter, Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, wrote: “Extremely concerned by reports of Iran missile test, which is inconsistent with UN resolution 2231. Call on Iran to halt provocative acts.”
Iran denies that its missile development breaches the resolution and says its missiles are not designed to carry nuclear weapons.
Iranian state television said the Khorramshahr missile was “Iran’s most powerful missile for defense and retaliation against any aggressive enemy.”
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