Days After Trump’s Warning, Iran Tests New Long-Range Cruise Missile

Days After Trump’s Warning, Iran Tests New Long-Range Cruise Missile

Days After Trump’s Warning, Iran Tests New Long-Range Cruise Missile

The fire at the Iranian Space Research Center coincided with the news of Iran's "successful test" of a new cruise missile on Saturday with a range of over 1,350 kilometers (840 miles), coinciding with the anniversary of the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

"Europe has no right to set conditions for implementing the new financial channel", Hamid Baeidinejad said in a post on his Twitter account on Sunday, commenting on INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges), a payment channel that the three European Union signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (France, Germany and Britain) set up last week to help continue trade with Tehran and bypass the USA sanctions.

Experts say that Iran has a history of overinflating its capabilities but warn that concerns over Iran's long-range ballistic missile development are founded.

Iran's top judge said on Monday that Tehran would never accept the "humiliating conditions" set by the European Union for non-dollar trade meant to evade USA sanctions, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. A U.N. Security Council resolution called on Iran to stop work on ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead for a period of up to 8 years.

A separate U.N. Security Council resolution did, however, call on Iran to halt work on ballistic missiles created to carry a nuclear payload for up to eight years.

The attack targeted a base of the Basij, a paramilitary force affiliated with the powerful Revolutionary Guards, in the city of Nik Shahr in Sistan-Baluchestan province, which has always been plagued by unrest.

While defending the nuclear deal - which limited Tehran's atomic ambitions in return for sanctions relief - Europe has sought to keep up pressure with sanctions, most recently listing Iranian intelligence services over plots to assassinate regime opponents on Dutch, Danish and French soil.

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Since 1992, Iran has developed a self-sufficient military weapons program, producing mortars to missiles.

The bloc hailed the creation last week by France, Britain and Germany of a system to allow firms to trade with Iran without falling foul of U.S. sanctions as vital to supporting legitimate business and said the "resolve to complete this work is unwavering".

Since agreeing to a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iran has expanded its missile program despite warnings from the United States.

The attempt to launch the missile that carried Payam was condemned by France and the United States as an act in violation of UN Resolution 2231. While Iran says it has no plans to increase the range of its missiles - now claimed to be at around 2,000 km or far enough to hit the very edges of Europe from Iran - the latest statement is seen as a warning that this could change.

Tehran's policy is aimed at maintaining a certain cap on the range of the missiles based on its own defensive strategy.

After decades of sanctions on Iran, the country has built a large domestic arms industry as it has been unable to import Western-made weapons.

A handout picture released by Iran's Defence Ministry on August 21, 2018, shows the "Kowsar" domestic fighter jet.

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