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The news report cites that detail as being "much to the chagrin of President Trump and company" - but 2017 isn't the first time the US has aired its concerns over Iran's rocket and missile research. Iranian state TV showed footage of the test, but did not say when or where the test was conducted.

"Whether you (the Western powers) want it or not, we will increase our defensive and military capabilities as a deterrent, as much as we deem appropriate".

To put the missile's range in perspective, consider that the minimum range of an intercontinental ballistic missile is generally considered to be 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles), while a medium-range missile can fly between 1,000 and 3,000 kilometers.

Iran's defense minister said on Saturday foreign pressures would not affect Iran's missile program.

"Rouhani is playing hardball", said Sanam Vakil, an Iran scholar at Chatham House, a think tank in London, and at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Iran unveiled its latest ballistic missile dubbed "Khoramshahr" during a military parade in Tehran on Friday.

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Tehran has always argued the tests are exclusively for protective reasons plus notes Security Councils-measure merely pertains to missiles created specifically to transport atomic war-heads. The missile is named Khorramshahr after the Iranian city where the first major engagement of the war occurred.

"Iran's public display of the missile and Rouhani's comments were largely a response to the Trump administration's declared intention to pressure Tehran to accept limitations on its ballistic missile programs", Robert Einhorn, who played a crucial role in formulating USA policy toward Iran's nuclear program while advising the Obama administration on nonproliferation and arms control, tells Newsweek.

"The ballistic missile will be operational in the near future". "When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for their permission", President Hassan Rouhani said.

Iran already has two other missiles, Ghadr-F and Sejil, capable of reaching Israel, the sworn enemy of Iran, and the us bases located in the region. "As long as Iranians were barred from entering the USA, US citizens would be barred from entering Iran; as soon as the US lifts the ban, as it was forced to do at the end of February, Iran would respond in kind".

Trump on Wednesday said he had made his decision, but was not yet ready to reveal it.

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.

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