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Iran Unveils New Missile, Says Deal Off for Weapons R&D

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that Iran does not intend to abide by any part of the nuclear agreement that restricts its military aspirations.

The statement came after Iran unveiled a new surface-to-surface missile that the Isalmic Republic said could hit targets with pin-point accuracy within a range of 500 km (310 miles).

In a live speech broadcast on Iranian television, Rouhani said, "We will buy, sell and develop any weapons we need and we will not ask for permission or abide by any resolution for that."

Under the agreement that is currently being considered by the U.S. Congress as well as Iranian authorities, Iran will be prevented from acquiring conventional weapons for the next five years due to a continued arms embargo. In addition, for the next eight years, any transfer of ballistic missile technology to Iran will have to be approved by the UN Security Council.

The U.S. has said that it will veto such transfers for the eight years. Historically, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) have only been used for the purpose of nuclear weapons.

A senior figure in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, also announced, "Some wrongly think Iran has suspended its ballistic missile programs in the last two years and has made a deal on its missile program … We will have a new ballistic missile test in the near future that will be a thorn in the eyes of our enemies."

Hajizadeh is the commander of the aerospace division of the IRGC.

The latest missile, dubbed the Fateh 313, is a solid-fuel missile that Iran says has already been successfully tested and is ready for mass production.

Also on Saturday, the Iranian Fars news agency released a music video heaping praise on the regime’s missile capacity. The video features what the news agency calls a new and unknown missile of the IRGC. 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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