Iran announces successful test of long-range cruise missile

MoD unveils ‘Hoveizeh’ long-range cruise missile

Iran unveils new ground-launched cruise missile

Iran on Saturday unveiled a new cruise missile with range up to 1,350 kilometers (around 840 miles), according to Iran's state television.

The surface-to-surface missile, named Hoveizeh, is from the Soumar family of cruise missiles, which Iran added to its arsenal in 2015, Hatami said.

Iran's missile program is a major point of contention and cited as one of the reasons for United States President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear accord.

According to the official Farse news agency, Hatami boasted the main features of the new missile, being rapid reaction, low flight altitude, high precision in navigation and high destruction power.

Up to 7,000 German business enterprises are estimated to seek continued trade with Iran, says the managing director of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, following the launch of a payment vehicle that enables continued European trade with the Islamic Republic irrespective of unilateral sanctions by the United States.

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.

"The Council is. gravely concerned by Iran's ballistic missile activity and calls upon Iran to refrain from these activities", the European Union said in a rare joint statement on Iran.

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Iran faces heated worldwide criticism for violating Security Council Resolution 2231, which urges Iran to refrain from developing missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads or that can later be modified to carry nuclear warheads.

Washington warned Tehran last month against undertaking three planned rocket launches that it said would violate a UN Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231 adopted after the deal calls on Iran to refrain from testing missiles capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, but it does not specifically bar Tehran from missile launches.

"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.

Tehran claims the program is purely defensive.

Following the USA withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal last May, Iran has reluctantly remained a partner to the agreement along with France, Germany, the UK, Russia and China.

Defying threats from Washington, the UK, France and Germany have executed their plan to set up a special-payments mechanism with Iran and skirt US sanctions.

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