Iran test missile and radar systems after Donald Trump imposes sanctions

Aim of exercise is to ‘showcase the power of Iran’s revolution and to dismiss the sanctions’

Saturday 04 February 2017 18:49
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Iran testing a ‘Persian Gulf’ ballistic missile in 2010
Iran testing a ‘Persian Gulf’ ballistic missile in 2010

Iran is testing its missile and radar systems after Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Tehran for a recent ballistic missile test.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards website said the aim of the military exercise was to “showcase the power of Iran’s revolution and to dismiss the sanctions”.

Home-made missile systems, radars, command and control centres, and cyber warfare systems will all be tested in the drill, according to Iranian state news agencies.

Mr Trump’s administration sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities related to the country’s missile programme and Michael Flynn, Mr Trump’s National Security Advisor, said the US was putting Iran on notice over its “destabilising activity”.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said he was not considering raising the number of forces in the Middle East to address Iran’s “misbehaviour” but warned the world would not ignore the activities.

Last week Iran confirmed it had test-fired a new ballistic missile but said it did not breach the nuclear agreement it signed with other world powers.

A UN resolution urges Tehran refrain from work on missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons and Iran is adamant it has complied with this.

The country has test-fired several missiles since the deal but this was the first since Mr Trump entered the White House.

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