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Iran Test-Fires Mid-range Ballistic Missile Defying US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed Friday's parade in Tehran, saying that Iran would not halt its missile programme and would continue to boost military capabilities, despite U.S. warnings and demands.

State broadcaster IRIB carried footage of the missile test without giving its time and location, including video from an on-board camera which it said showed the detachment of the cone that carries multiple warheads.

The unveiling by the Revolutionary Guard came during a military parade in Tehran that commemorated the 1980s Iraq-Iran war.

The ballistic missile 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 on Friday.

Although UN provisions seek to limit ballistic missile technology, the nuclear agreement negotiated in 2015 by Iran and six world powers, including the United States, does not prohibit Iran from developing such weapons.

US officials say such "malign activities" go against the spirit of the 2015 agreement under which Iran won relief from global sanctions in exchange for shelving its nuclear program. "Now, you know I've been ambassador to the United Nations and I'm a long-serving Israeli prime minister, so I've listened to countless speeches in this hall, but I can say this: none were bolder, none more courageous and forthright than the one delivered by President Trump today".

"Our armed forces and defence power have always been for strengthening peace and we have never utilised our defensive power for conquering a land but exclusively defending our own motherland", added the Iranian president.

"We will increase our military power as a deterrent", he said.

President Hassan Rouhani vowed yesterday that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States.

The latest test from Iran comes just weeks after North Korean tested its own ballistic missile, firing a missile that travelled over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean.

We will strengthen our missile capabilities.

Iran's defence minister said on Saturday foreign pressures would not affect Iran's missile programme.

He is due to report to Congress on October 15 on whether or not he believes Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal.

"Rouhani is playing hardball", said Sanam Vakil, an Iran scholar at Chatham House, a think tank in London, and at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has called it "the worst deal ever negotiated".

Rouhani has stated that this Trump government is looking to get "an excuse" to get out from the landmark 2015- nuclear arrangement which topped Iran's atomic activities in substitution for the lifting of worldwide actions against Iran.

Several wings of Iran's armed forces and police units are showcasing their military might in the nationwide events attended by country's top leadership.

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