Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and travel up to 2,000 kilometers, state media reported Saturday.
They say Iran has stuck to its commitments - as repeatedly stated by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
It was mainly a procedural move, but it was significant since reimposing nuclear-related sanctions could lead Iran to end its compliance with the deal and revert back to rapid uranium enrichment - something it's threatened to do if the United States reneges.
Iran unveiled a new ballistic missile Friday, showing off the weapon during a military parade in Tehran.
"We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces..."
Iran, which fought a brutal war with neighbouring Iraq in the 1980s, sees missiles as a legitimate and vital part of its defence - particularly as regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Israel import huge amounts of military hardware from the West.
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This announcement was made in a climate very tense between Iran and the United States, the president, Donald Trump threatening to pull his country out of the agreement over the nuclear issue that Washington has signed in 2015 with Tehran in conjunction with the Germany, China, France, Great Britain and Russian Federation. "When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for their permission", President Hassan Rouhani said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had vowed to strengthen his country's military and ballistic capabilities in a live speech on state TV.
The nuclear deal does not prohibit the activities in ballistic missile from Iran, but the resolution 2231 of the security Council of the united nations, which has endorsed, calls on Iran not to carry out activities to develop missiles created to carry nuclear warheads. "They are also working with North Korea (sic)", he tweeted. This ability can theoretically reach Israel, the sworn enemy of Iran, and us bases in the region.
Trump has vowed repeatedly to take a tougher line toward Iran than his predecessor, threatening at various times to renegotiate or even dismantle the nuclear deal, and shoot Iranian boats out of the water if they provoke US naval vessels in the Persian Gulf.
Iranian officials say their country has no program for nuclear weapons.
As well as carrying out missile tests, Iran has also launched a space satellite and fired missiles at Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria in recent months.