Iran unveils long-range cruise missile on anniversary of revolution

Iranian state TV shows what it says is the successful test of a new cruise missile with a range of more than 1,350 kilometres

Iranian state TV shows what it says is the successful test of a new cruise missile with a range of more than 1,350 kilometres

Aside from being revealed to the public at the presentation, a Hoveyzeh-type missile has already been successfully tested, flying some 1,200km (745 miles) and accurately hitting a dummy target, the minister said.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231 - adopted just after the nuclear deal - calls on Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

It says its missiles are defensive and used for deterrence and rejected talks over its missile programme.

According to Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, who spoke at the ceremony, "The range of Hoveizeh missile is over 840 miles and it is good for targeting ground targets".

Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace division, said at the event Iran had overcome initial problems in producing jet engines for cruise missiles and could now manufacture a full range of the weapons.

The Defence Ministry's website carried an undated video purportedly showing the Hoveizeh being test-fired from a mobile launcher.

Iran, which agreed to a 2015 deal with world powers to curb its nuclear programme, has continued to develop missiles despite warnings from the United States.

In January, it tried to launch a satellite into space which it said failed.

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Washington warned Tehran last month against undertaking three planned rocket launches that it said would violate a UN Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.

Ballistic missiles can deliver a larger payload than cruise missiles and are created to travel further.

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 Washington has embarked on re-imposing sanctions on Iran, the latter has vehemently refused to renegotiate anything or bring the missile program into the nuclear deal in any fashion.

Iran has voluntarily limited the range of its missiles to 2,000 kilometers, sufficient to reach Israel and Western bases in the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration pulled out of the accord in May and reimposed sanctions against Iran, citing the missile program among its reasons.

European governments have stuck by the 2015 agreement, although some have demanded an addition to address Iran's ballistic missile programme and its intervention in regional conflicts including Yemen.

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