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Iran conducts new missile tests defying US sanctions

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the U.N. General Assembly on September 24, 2013 in New York City. Over 120 prime ministers, presidents and monarchs are gathering this week for the annual meeting at the temporary General Assembly Hall at the U.N. headquarters while the General Assembly Building is closed for renovations. (Photo by Brendan McDermid-Pool/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 24: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the U.N. General Assembly on September 24, 2013 in New York City. Over 120 prime ministers, presidents and monarchs are gathering this week for the annual meeting at the temporary General Assembly Hall at the U.N. headquarters while the General Assembly Building is closed for renovations. (Photo by Brendan McDermid-Pool/Getty Images)

Iran said Tuesday it had conducted multiple ballistic missile tests to demonstrate “deterrent power,” a move that comes in defiance of US sanctions imposed over its missile programme in January.

The announcement by the official IRNA news agency said the tests showed the country’s “all-out readiness to confront threats” against its territorial integrity.

It described them as a military drill in which “ballistic missiles were fired from silos” in different parts of the country.

The United States imposed new sanctions over Iran’s missile programme in January almost immediately after separate sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear programme had been lifted under a landmark deal with world powers.

The latest tests, called “The Power of Velayat”, a reference to the religious doctrine of the Islamic republic’s leadership, were undertaken by the Revolutionary Guards and Aerospace Forces, IRNA reported.

Sepah News, the Guards’ official media service, carried a statement confirming the missile tests, which come less than two weeks after elections in Iran delivered gains to politicians aligned with Hassan Rouhani, the country’s moderate president.

The Revolutionary Guards report to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, not Rouhani, and their influence dwarfs that of the army and other armed forces.



2 Comments
  • Mare

    All the while Israel has been alerting the whole world that Iran was producing atomic weapons, many were not believing instead decided to take side with Iran who has been telling lies that it was for a peaceful purpose. Believing the Arabs is like believing the devil.

  • Sulaiman Azeez

    My questions are: 1. Does Israel has nuclear weapon 2. What right does a country that is less than 5m has that other countries with over 150m do not. 3. What happened to decision of UN on Israel/Palestine disputes. 4. Why should Israel be bigger than UN and go against their resolutions for Palestine state as voted last year. It is only if the whole world stand on the truth that we have peace in this world. They are killing Palestine everyday over their occupied land and the world is looking…….

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