Iran unveils new ballistic missile capable of carrying several warheads

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Rouhani spoke at a military parade where an Iranian news agency said one of the weapons on display was a new ballistic missile with range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles), capable of carrying several warheads.

The Khorramshahr missile was first displayed at a military parade on Friday, where President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would strengthen its missile capabilities without seeking any country's permission.

"We are going to strengthen our military capabilities which are necessary for deterrence", Rouhani said at the event, in remarks relayed by the semi-official FARS news agency.

The new missile, which has a 2,000-kilometer range and can carry multiple warheads, "will be operational soon", Brig.

The unveiling came during a military parade on Friday in Tehran.

Referring to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers, including the United States, Trump said Washington "cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program".

The test is expected to raise tensions between Iran and the U.S., where President Trump accused the country of building "dangerous" missiles in his United Nations address on Tuesday.

He also said Tehran will keep supporting the "oppressed people of Yemen, Syria and Palestine" - a reference to Iran's role in the wars in Yemen and Syria and its support for Palestinian militant groups such as Hamas.

Trump put Iran "on notice" in February for test-firing a ballistic missile and imposed new economic sanctions in July over its missile programme and "malign activities" in the Middle East. Thousands of worshippers marched after Friday prayers in Tehran, chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".

Similar protests occurred in other Iranian cities.

The Trump administration has pointed to a succession of Iranian ballistic missile tests over recent years as violations of the spirit, if not the actual provisions, of the 2015 nuclear moratorium deal. Iran has other missiles of this range in its arsenal.

Iran denies that its missile development breaches the resolution and says its missiles are not created to carry nuclear weapons.

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