Iran threatens region with missile

Missile needs a very short time for its preparedness and can fly at a low altitude says Iranian defence minister

Missile needs a very short time for its preparedness and can fly at a low altitude says Iranian defence minister

Amir Hatami said the missile hit its target in the Saturday test after travelling 1,200 kilometres (745 miles).

Iranians visit a weaponry and military equipment exhibition in the capital Tehran on February 2, 2019.

Iran insists that its ballistic missile program was not part of the 2015 deal with the U.S., France, Britain, Germany, China and Russian Federation.

Iran has expanded its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles, in defiance of opposition from the United States and expressions of concern by European countries. "They are wrong! When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond". Western experts have frequently accused Iran of exaggerating claims about its military capabilities.

Israel will do everything possible to counter Tehran's hostile actions for the sake of the country's security as Iran has overtly demonstrated its intention to destroy Israel when unveiling its new cruise missile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Iran reined in most of its nuclear programme under a landmark 2015 deal with major powers but has kept up development of its ballistic missile technology.

Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on Tehran past year.

In another point of differentiation from the US, Iran's official IRNA news agency says President Hassan Rouhani has expressed support for Venezuelan embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

Iran carried out a failed attempt to launch a satellite into space on January 15, defying a warning from Trump.

France, one of the remaining parties in the Iran deal, condemned the attempted satellite launch and urged Iran to discontinue all ballistic missile tests, which violate United Nations resolutions.

Iran said its missile tests are not in violation of the resolution and denies its missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

That puts it in range of one of its biggest enemies, Israel.

Last week, Iran dismissed the pressure from France for talks, but said it had no plans to increase the range of the weapons.

Against a backdrop of USA warnings since the Trump administration pulled out of a deal on Iran's separate nuclear programme in May previous year, Tehran has continued to expand its missile programme. Iran will be forced to make a "strategic leap" if European or other countries try to limit its missile might, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has said.

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