23 September, 2017
Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the country's president vowed that Tehran would press ahead with its missile program in defiance of USA demands to the contrary. "We seek no one's permission to defend our land". Iran has other missiles of this range in its arsenal.
"Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities, needed in the area of deterrence". Similar parades were held in other Iranian cities. He added that Iran remains fully committed to the pact, Press TV reported.
It was mainly a procedural move, but it was significant since reimposing 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.
Announcing the introduction of new sanctions against Iran, then-US President Barack Obama said the nuclear deal was never meant to resolve all controversy with Iran.
The nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does not strictly prohibit Iran from developing missiles but after the deal came into effect last year, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution calling on Iran not to take any actions related to ballistic missiles "designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons" for eight years.
Highlighting Iran's support for the oppressed regional nations and genuine fight against terrorism, President Rouhani denounced the "blood-sucking Zionist regime" of Israel as a "cancerous tumor" that has been involved in the acts of aggression against the regional nations for seven decades.
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"Like North Korea, Iran is responding to Trump's bellicosity by its own display of strength, to show it is not cowed", said Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Americas office of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British think tank.
Iran expert Sanam Vakil, an associate fellow with the UK's Chatham House, said that Rouhani was playing to both the worldwide and domestic audience.
Trump has suggested that the Iranian missiles might be used for carrying a nuclear warhead, the allegations which Iran has rejected.
"On the one hand Iran is trying to demonstrate they are the pragmatic rational actor here and maintain unity among the other signatories of the nuclear agreement, even if from the U.S. side it starts to unravel", Vakil told CNN.
Hassan Rohani has also rejected any change in the political position of his country in the region.