Defiant Iran test fires ballistic missile 'Khorramshahr'

ANI | Updated: Sep 23, 2017 12:34 IST

Tehran [Iran], September 23 (ANI): A defiant Iran has test fired another ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade in capital Tehran attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and senior military officials.

The development is quite significant as Trump administration had already issued warnings to Tehran and it was "on notice" for previous ballistic missile tests .

"The Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future, Press TV quoted Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, as saying.

Video footage aired by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on Friday showed the missile launched from an unknown location.The video also contained telemetry camera footage from four different angles which, according to its caption, showed the moment when the warhead of the missile was discharged.

The ballistic missile, which is Iran's third type of missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers along with the Qadr-F and Sejjil ballistic missiles, is capable of carrying multiple warheads, Press TV reported.

Iran has repeatedly insisted that its military capabilities are solely aimed for defence purposes, on the contrary the United States claims that Iran's missile tests and rocket launches violate UN Resolution 2231, which was adopted during the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. Questioning United States President Donald Trump's authority to single-handedly scrap the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear accord -Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the pact belongs to the international community in its entirety, and not only to one or two" countries.

"The deal is the outcome of two years of intensive multilateral negotiations , overwhelmingly applauded by the international community and endorsed by the security council as a part of Resolution 2231.It belongs to the international community in its entirety, and not only to one or two countries,". Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said while addressing the U.N. General Assembly (ANI)

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