Iran shows off new ballistic missile at military parade

Iran has unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the president vowed to press ahead with its missile programme in defiance of United States demands. "To defend our homeland, we will not ask permission to anyone", said the iranian president in a speech broadcast live on television. It has a range of almost 1,250 miles and can carry multiple warheads, Tasnim, a semiofficial news agency, reported Friday.

"Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities, needed in the area of deterrence". In Syria, Iran is a close ally of President Bashar Assad.

Rouhani, who has long expressed a desire to improve relations with the United States, was critical of President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations Tuesday - in which he threatened force against North Korea and denounced the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "Moreover, hard-liners, such as Iran's supreme leader, believe compromise with the United States is a futile exercise".

At the event, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that the country's military power has been used only in acts of defense, despite what he called the export of deadly weapons by foreign powers to the Middle East. 22 hold the parade on the occasion of "the sacred defense week", marking the beginning of 1980s war with Iraq.

Tehran has backed Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis against a USA -supported and Saudi-led coalition of mostly Arab states that seeks to return the internationally elected government to power in Yemen.

Iran has developed in recent years a large ballistic program that worries the United States but also saudi Arabia, its main rival in the region, european countries, including France, as well as Israel, its sworn enemy.

Speaking a day later, Rouhani said the Iranian people are waiting for an apology from Trump for his "extremely offensive" rhetoric and "unfounded" allegations about Iran.

The ballistic missile, which has a range of 2,000 km, is capable of carrying multiple warheads, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division, told the media.