Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities without asking for permission - President Rouhani

"As long as some speak in the language of threats, the strengthening of the country's defence capabilities will continue and Iran will not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile", Defence Minister Amir Hatami said in a staement.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard has unveiled its latest ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers - about 1,250 miles- capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel.

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Saturday that the missile test was "not just a provocation and an act of defiance directed at the USA and its allies, including Israel, it is also further proof of Iran's aspirations to become a world power and to threaten not just the Middle East but all the countries of the free world".

"We will increase our military power as a deterrent", he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that the USA imposition of unilateral sanctions on Iran was "illegitimate and undermines the collective nature of worldwide efforts".

Rouhani said that the country will boost its military capabilities, from missiles to ground, air and sea forces.

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"Like North Korea, Iran is responding to Trump's bellicosity by its own display of strength, to show it is not cowed", said Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Americas office of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British think tank.

The United States extended sanctions relief for Iran last week as part of the agreement, which President Donald Trump has described as "the worst deal ever".

The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, clearly stated that Iran is ready to fight against any western power and that the country is a major reason for equilibrium in the region's political environment.

In his speech at the United Nations, Trump accused Iran of supporting terrorists and called Tehran a "corrupt dictatorship" and a "murderous regime".

He also said Tehran will keep supporting the "oppressed people of Yemen, Syria and Palestine" — a reference to Iran's role in the wars in Yemen and Syria and its support for Palestinian militant groups such as Hamas. Thus far, the United Nations nuclear watchdog and the US State Department have reported that Tehran has complied with the terms of the nuclear deal.

Iran has insisted the missiles are not created to carry nuclear weapons and is not in violation of the resolution.

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