Just like North Korea, Iran has tested a new ballistic missile that is reportedly capable of carrying multiple warheads after a successful unveiling on Friday at a military parade in Tehran.
The missile known as “the Khorramshahr”, has a range of 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) and can carry multiple warheads, according to Press TV.
“The Khorramshahr missile launched from an unknown location has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future,” the broadcaster said.
With such a range, the missile would be easily capable of reaching Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Speaking during Friday’s parade, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would press ahead with strengthening its missile capabilities and military defenses.
“We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary,” Rouhani said. “We seek no one’s permission to defend our land.”
He added, “Whether you like it or not we are going to help Syria, Yemen and Palestine, and we will strengthen our missiles.”
Rouhani said the United States and Israel have isolated themselves by opposing the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the other major powers. He added that Iran remains fully committed to the pact, Press TV reported.
The United States extended sanctions relief for Iran last week as part of the agreement, which President Donald Trump has described as “the worst deal ever.”
It was mainly a procedural move, but it was significant since re-imposing nuclear-related sanctions could lead Iran to end its compliance with the deal and revert back to rapid uranium enrichment; something it’s threatened to do if the United States reneges.