Iran claimed on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new 800-mile-range marching missile when the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 took place when the theocratic regime came to power.
Defense Minister Amir Hatami confirmed this was Missile's success on state television, which broadcast footage of the launch and said, "It can be completed in no time and flies at very low altitude."
The news comes from growing tensions between Iran and the US, which withdrew last year from an important agreement in 2015 that forced Iran to reduce its nuclear weapons development efforts against milder sanctions.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Iran in December because he tested a mid-range ballistic missile that violated the US Security Council resolution to stop missile testing from Iran. Iran has insisted that its tests are "purely defensive" and claims that it has fulfilled the provisions of the 2015 Agreement.
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AFP reported that Hatami has spoken to state television about the "Hoveizeh" cruise missile – which he calls a "long arm." The Islamic Republic of Iran "for defense," was successfully executed with a range of (840 miles) and met exactly the set goal. "
Trey Yingst of Fox News contributed to this report.