Iran says it test fires 'new missile'

Iran says it test fires 'new missile' amid US tensions
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24 August, 2019
The US re-imposed sanctions on Iran after it pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement over concerns about Iran's missile program and regional influence.
Since 1992, Iran has developed a homegrown defence industry. [Getty]

The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says it has successfully test-fired a "new missile" amid growing tensions with the United States and the unraveling of the nuclear deal with world powers.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Guard, said Gen. Hossein Salami told a group of clerics Saturday about the missile test a day earlier.

He called it "one of the successful days of the nation," but did not give any further details on the weapon or the test itself.

On Thursday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani officially debuted an Iran-made air-defence missile system, the Bavar-373.

Since 1992, Iran has developed a homegrown defence industry.

The US re-imposed sanctions on Iran after it pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement over concerns about Iran's missile program and regional influence.

The Trump Administration argued the accord did not do enough to limit Iran's ballistic missile program.

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