Iran test-fires Khorramshahr ballistic missile
Iran has reportedly test-fired a ballistic missile despite US sanctions on its missile programme.
The latest missile test involved a Khorramshahr missile with a range of 2,000km, according to media sources.
Prior to the launch, the missile that can carry multiple warheads was showcased at a military parade in Tehran.
Commenting on the missile launch, US President Donald J. Trump tweeted: “Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!”
Iran state television stated: “The weight of the Khorramshahr missile’s warhead has been announced to be 1,800kg (4,000lb) ... making it Iran’s most powerful missile for defence and retaliation against any aggressive enemy.”
Iran is accused of violating the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and major powers in 2015, the Agence France-Presse reported.
If President Trump refuses to recertify Iran's compliance with the deal on 15 October, this could lead to renewed US sanctions and the agreement's collapse.
Iran Defence Minister was quoted by Reuters as saying that ‘foreign pressures would not affect Iran’s missile programme’.
The US has also accused Iran of violating a UN resolution, which prevents Iran from conducting ballistic missile activities.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted: “Extremely concerned by reports of Iran missile test, which is inconsistent with UN resolution 2231. Call on Iran to halt provocative acts.”