Iran Warns Europe Not to Force 'Strategic Leap' on Missile Range

MoD unveils ‘Hoveizeh’ long-range cruise missile

Iran announced the "successful test" of a new cruise missile with a range of over 1,350 kilometers on Saturday, coinciding with celebrations for the country's 1979 Islamic revolution. Defence Minister Amir Hatami said the Hoveizeh cruise missile had successfully hit its targets, calling it the "long arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran".

Tehran has showcased a new, long-range cruise missile, capable of covering over 1,350 kilometers.

The Hoveizeh missle was shown off at a ceremony in Tehran and the private-run Tasnim News Agency published a 37-second video of the test-firing alongside its report.

Iran has expanded its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles, in defiance of opposition from the United States and expressions of concern by European countries.

Iran carried out a failed attempt to launch a satellite into space on January 15, defying a warning from Trump.

The EU also wants Iran to end its ballistic missiles tests in order to enable INSTEX, Larijani said. The launch followed a US warning to Iran against undertaking three planned rocket launches that Washington said would violate a United Nations Security Council resolution.

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The new entity acts as a sort of euro-denominated clearing house for Iran to conduct trade with European companies. The spokesperson added, "We do not expect the SPV will in any way impact our maximum economic pressure campaign".

"The Council is also gravely concerned by Iran's ballistic missile activity and calls upon Iran to refrain from these activities, in particular ballistic missile launches that are inconsistent with UN Security Council resolution 2231", the Council said in a statement.

France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have opened a new channel for non-dollar transactions with Iran, a move that is created to circumvent USA sanctions on the Islamic Republic and which will likely cause further tensions between the European Union and the White House at a time when Washington is trying to reign in Tehran's aggressive activities in the Middle East and Europe.

Earlier this month, the European Union approved sanctions on Iran's intelligence services and two Iranian nationals, accusing them of attempting - or carrying out - attacks against Iranian government opponents on Danish, Dutch, and French soil.

He went on to say that Tehran managed to protect its nuclear program and gains while isolating Washington in the global arena. The Islamic Republic develops its missile technology according to a "defensive strategy" which changes according to need, he said.

Last week, Iran dismissed the pressure from France for talks, but said it had no plans to increase the range of the weapons.

The statement hailed the launch last week by France, Britain, and Germany of a financial mechanism to allow firms to trade with Iran without falling foul of USA sanctions as key to supporting "legitimate trade" with Iran.

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