Iran warns Europe not to force 'strategic leap' on missile range

Iran warns Europe not to force 'strategic leap' on missile range

Iran unveiled a new cruise missile with a range of 1,300 km (800 miles) on Saturday, state television reported, as the Middle Eastern country displays its achievements during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

"All that hear me today, come to terms with the new reality of Iran's missile might: there are no obstacles or technical limitations to us increasing (their) range", he added.

Iran's defense minister says that the new missile hit its target.

Britain, France and Germany last week launched a system to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and avoid US sanctions, although Iran's top judge said the system's conditions were unacceptable.

France, Germany and Britain have opened a new channel for non-dollar trade with Iran to get around the sanctions, reimposed on Iran after President Donald Trump's decision in May to exit a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six major powers.

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".


Tehran insists its missile development program is "purely defensive" and compliant with the resolution. "The Council calls on Iran to take all the necessary measures to fully respect all relevant UN Security Council resolutions related to the transfer of missiles and relevant material and technology to state and non-state actors in the region", the document noted. It also says its missile tests are not in violation of the resolution and denies that its missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

New doubts about the survival of the 2015 global nuclear deal with Iran emerged on Monday, as the head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary slammed the European Union for imposing "humiliating conditions" on a new trading mechanism created to circumvent U.S. sanctions on the Tehran regime.

On the same day, the EU Council announced that it has sanctioned two individuals and one entity in relation to Iran's "hostile activities" in several European countries. And Europe considers trade with Iran legitimate.

France said last month it was ready to impose further sanctions on Iran if no progress was made in talks about the missiles.

"If the Europeans and others want to pursue the missile disarmament of the Islamic Republic of Iran based on a conspiracy, we will have no option but to resort to a strategic leap", Salami told Press TV.

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