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World Reacts to Iranian Ballistic Missile Test

Iran Begins Military Drills Near Border with Iraqi Kurdistan

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25 Sep 2017 (All day)
World Reacts to Iranian Ballistic Missile Test
Officials in Israel and other Western countries condemned Iran’s test last week of a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km and the capability of launching multiple warheads. Several experts pointed out that such a weapon has no purpose other than to be a platform for nuclear weapons, like Iran constantly denies their attempts to acquire.  Iranian officials defiantly declared their intention to continue building ballistic missiles despite any obstacles or objections from anyone.

"Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!" tweeted US President Donald Trump on Saturday, referring to the JCPOA nuclear deal.

“This Iranian missile launch is an act of provocation and defiance against the United States and its allies, as well as an attempt to test them,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Saturday, adding that it “is also further proof of Iranian aspirations to become a world power that threatens not only the Middle East, but all the countries of the free world. Imagine what would happen if Iran would obtain nuclear weapons, something which it strives to do. We must not allow this to happen.”

Reports in official state-run Iranian media outlets carried footage of the test, giving the official name of the new missile as “Khorramshahr” as well as a statement by Brig.-Gen. Amir Hatami, Iran’s defense minister, who said “On the path to improve our country’s defensive capacity, we will certainly not be the least affected by any threats and we won’t ask anyone’s permission.”

In related news, Iran’s conventional military launched a series of large-scale exercises near the border with Iraqi Kurdistan on Sunday ahead of a referendum on independence there, which the clerical regime in Teheran has made clear it strongly opposes.

Here is a video which includes some analysis of the impact of Iran's behavior on the wider Middle East region

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