0456 GMT April 21, 2018
The missile, named Khorramshahr after a southwestern city, which became the symbol of resistance during the war, was showed off at a military parade in the capital Tehran, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and senior military officials in attendance.
“The Khorramshahr missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) and can carry multiple warheads,” IRNA quoted the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Commander General Amir Ali Hajizadeh.
“As it was observed, the missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the parades.
Addressing the event, President Hassan Rouhani vowed Iran would boost its missile capabilities, adding that no country can stop the Islamic Republic from strengthening its defense programs.
“We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary,” Rouhani said. "Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities which are necessary for deterrence.”
“We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces... When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for permission.”
He added that Iran’s defense power has never been used for aggressive acts, while certain world powers export deadly weapons to the Middle East.
Rouhani slammed those who “create problems for the peoples of our region every day and boast of selling arms to the bloodthirsty Zionist regime which has been attacking the peoples of our region for 70 years like a cancerous tumor.”
Iran, key regional player
The Iranian president said Tehran is playing a key role in restoring peace and stability to the region.
“The great nation of Iran has always pursued peace and security in the region and the world, and has always defended the oppressed peoples of the world. We will defend the downtrodden people of Yemen, Syria, and Palestine, whether you like it or not,” he added.
Rouhani further slammed Washington and Tel Aviv’s recent anti-Tehran statements before the UN General Assembly.
He said the US and Israel have isolated themselves by expressing opposition to the nuclear agreement, which is hailed by the entire world community as a win for international diplomacy.
Rouhani once again reiterated Iran’s full commitment to the landmark 2015 nuclear accord with six world powers, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He said the entire global community commended the deal, “except only two people,” referring to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who used their UN speeches to attack the JCPOA.