Iran conducts new ballistic missile test despite Trump pressure

Iran announced Saturday that the country has conducted a successful test of a new ballistic missile design despite pressure from the Trump administration to stop, and vowed to continue its weapons development.

The new missile design has a range of 1,200 miles, according to a Reuters report. State broadcaster IRIB quoted an Iranian commander who stated that the country would not seek “permission” for future weapons tests.

“On the path to improve our country’s defensive capacity we will certainly not be the least affected by any threats and we won’t ask anyone’s permission,” Brigadier General Amir Hatami said.

State television added that the missile was Iran’s most powerful ballistic missile yet.

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Source: The Hill | September 23, 2017 | John Bowden

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