Iran defies USA with display of long-range cruise missile

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The United States marked the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution by highlighting what it says are the "broken promises" of the Middle Eastern country's leadership.

Israel will do everything possible to counter Tehran's hostile actions for the sake of the country's security as Iran has overtly demonstrated its intention to destroy Israel when unveiling its new cruise missile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

During the 4th day of Eghtedar 40 military and defense exhibition underway in the Iranian capital of Tehran was unveiled newest Hoveizeh ground-launched cruise missile.

Western experts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, although there are concerns about its long-range ballistic missiles.

In January, Iran tried to launch a satellite into space which it said failed.

The resolution, which enshrined Iran's nuclear deal, called upon Tehran to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons.

Five of the Guards personnel were wounded and one was killed, Marashi said.

Iran is claiming to have fired a new long-range ballistic missile - dubbed the Hoveiseh - capable of hitting a target 1,300km away.

Tehran's missile program has drawn much ire in the West - in the USA in particular - with Washington trying to link the issue with the Iranian nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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Ceremonies for the 1979 revolution started at 9:33 am (0603 GMT), the exact time that Khomeini returned to Iran after 14 years in exile and his plane touched down at Tehran airport.

European governments have stuck by the 2015 agreement, although some have demanded an addition to address Iran's ballistic missile programme and its intervention in regional conflicts including Yemen.

But Tehran denies seeking any nuclear weapons capability, and insists that its missile development programme is "purely defensive" and compliant with the resolution.

On Jan. 15, Iran's atomic energy chief said that the Islamic regime has stockpiles of uranium enriched to 20 percent purity, a level far above the 3.67 percent the Islamic regime agreed to not surpass as part of the Iran deal.

The deputy chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has warned Europe against forcing the Islamic Republic into boosting the range of its missiles by trying to halt their development.

Salami said Iran's decision to limit the range and the number of its ballistic missiles was based on its current strategy, which could change based on circumstances.

It says its missiles are defensive and used for deterrence and has rejected talks over its missile programme.

Last week, Iran dismissed the pressure from France for talks, but said it had no plans to increase the range of the weapons.

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