Iran's top judge: European Union preconditions for non-dollar trade channel 'unacceptable'

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.

The missile, named Hoveizeh, was displayed in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Amir Hatami.

In the 12-point statement, the European Union said it was committed to the landmark 2015 accord and welcomed Iran's implementation of its nuclear-related commitments.

Iran has voluntarily limited the range of its missiles to 2,000 kilometres, but this is still sufficient to reach Israel and Western bases in the Middle East. It quoted Hatami as saying the missile had successfully hit targets at a distance of 745 miles.

The EU also expressed concern at the "growing tensions in the region and Iran's role in this context, including the provision of military, financial and political support to non-state actors in countries such as Syria and Lebanon".

In January, it tried to launch a satellite into space which it said failed.

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Iran faces heated global criticism for violating Security Council Resolution 2231, which urges Iran to refrain from developing missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads or that can later be modified to carry nuclear warheads.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231 adopted after the deal calls on Iran to refrain from testing missiles capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, but it does not specifically bar Tehran from missile launches.

Iranian officials have been repeating the message that the United States sanctions have failed to force Tehran to terminate its missile program. The launch followed a U.S. warning to Iran against undertaking three planned rocket launches that Washington said would violate a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Last week, France, Germany and Britain announced they were moving forward with a new channel for non-dollar trade with Iran to avert USA sanctions on the Iranian government. United States authorities are unaware of the many other businesses that are in contact with Iran, he added.

Defying threats from Washington, the UK, France and Germany have executed their plan to set up a special-payments mechanism with Iran and skirt US sanctions.

Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of the elite Revolutionary Guard, again rejected any talks on Iran's missile program, in response to a demand raised by France and other European countries, according to Fars. The Islamic Republic develops its missile technology according to a "defensive strategy" which changes according to need, he said.

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