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Iran 'successfully' launches ballistic missile defying warnings from the US

The report said the missile was launched late Friday, without providing further details

IANS  |  Tehran 

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Iran has "successfully" launched a missile with a range of 2,000 km, a state-media report said on Saturday. The launch comes in defiance of warnings from Washington that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue.

State-run Press TV broadcast a footage released by the government of "the successful test-launch" of its new missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade here on Friday with President and senior military officials in attendance, reports Xinhua news agency.

The report said the missile was launched late Friday, without providing further details.

The missile is capable of carrying multiple warheads, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the (IRGC) Aerospace Division, told the media on Friday.

"The missile has become smaller in size (compared to other Iranian missiles) and more tactical, and it will be operational in the near future," Hajizadeh said without further elaboration.

On Friday, the Iranian armed forces commemorated the 1980-1988 war with Iraq by holding a parade in which Iran's most advanced military power and abilities are showcased.

Iran also displayed other home-made advanced missiles, including missiles, which are reported to have ranges of 1,300 km to 2,000 km.

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First Published: Sat, September 23 2017. 12:42 IST