Rouhani says Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities

Rouhani says Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities

Iran also displayed other home-made advanced missiles, including ballistic missiles, which are reported to have ranges of 1,300 km to 2,000 km.

The iranian president Hassan Rohani said on Friday that his country will strengthen its capacity in spite of the criticisms of the United States and France. In Syria, Iran is a close ally of President Bashar Assad.

In April, American President Donald Trump ordered a review of whether a suspension of sanctions on Iran related to the nuclear deal, negotiated under President Barack Obama, was in the United States national security interest.

"We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary", Rouhani said. "Whether you like it or not, we are going to defend the oppressed people of Yemen, Palestine and Syria", he said.

The military parade was an opportunity to scroll through a new missile with a range of 2000 km, called Khoramshahr, in the name of the city occupied by the iraqi army at the beginning of the war that has lasted eight years and killed one million people.

Tehran has backed Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis against a USA -supported and Saudi-led coalition of mostly Arab states that seeks to return the internationally elected government to power in Yemen. US officials say such "malign activities" go against the spirit of the 2015 agreement under which Iran won relief from worldwide sanctions in exchange for shelving its nuclear program.

The state-run news agency IRNA quoted the chief of the Revolutionary Guards' airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, as saying that the new missile "can carry several warheads for various uses". The agency did not provide further information. During a meeting with a clerical assembly, Khamenei said such comments "do not come from power, but from anger, desperation and weak-mindedness".

He cautioned that Iran's claim that the new missile could carry multiple warheads "needs to be taken with a grain of salt", adding that the it "may mean nothing more than multiple cluster bombs", not the kind of ballistic missile payload - multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle, or MIRV - associated with nuclear missiles.

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