Iran unveils new long-range ballistic missile

Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani

The ballistic missile, which has a range of 2,000 km, is capable of carrying multiple warheads, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division, told the media.

The parades marked the start of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.

"The 2,000-km-range missile can carry the warhead 1,800km away".

Various units of the Islamic Republic Army, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Law Enforcement Police and Basij (volunteer) forces staged nationwide parades in Tehran and other cities across the country on Friday morning.

At the event, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that the country's military power has been used only in acts of defense, despite what he called the export of deadly weapons by foreign powers to the Middle East.

As part of the annual tradition, Iran has arranged military parades with the top leadership in attendance.

The officials have not provided any details on the capabilities of the advanced missile, Tasnim news agency reported. This comes three days after the US President Donald Trump derided the theocratic nation in his speech at the UN General Assembly. "It is capable of carrying more than one warhead".

Iran will defend the oppressed people of Yemen, Syria, and Palestine despite the will of some arrogant powers, he maintained.

"We can not let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building unsafe missiles, and we can not abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program", Trump said.

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