Iran tests Trump with launch of ‘smart and advanced’ rockets
February 20, 2017
On Monday Iran launched ‘smart and advanced’ rockets in a fresh snub to US demands to stop ballistic missile testing.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have launched sophisticated rockets during military exercises, according to Tasnim news agency. It comes just weeks after the US put Iran “on notice” after it test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile.
The “smart and advanced” rockets were launched during three-day military drills which began on Monday in Iran’s central desert, AP cited the semi-official Iranian news agency as saying.
Tasnim did not elaborate on the model of the rockets, but said they successfully hit their targets.
The news follows less than three weeks after US President Donald Trump tweeted that Iran had been formally put “on notice” for test-firing a ballistic missile.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared to mock the US threat while speaking at a global security conference in Munich on Sunday.
When asked whether Iran was concerned about the possibility of more US sanctions, Zarif prompted laughter from the crowd by stating that “tweet is now very fashionable,” in an apparent reference to Trump’s affinity for Twitter.
He went on to state that “Iran doesn’t respond well to threats…we don’t respond well to coercion. We don’t respond well to sanctions, but we respond very well to mutual respect…”
Zarif added that “everybody tested us for many years – all threats and coercions were imposed on us,” while stressing that the “concept of crippling sanctions” didn’t stop Iran from acquiring thousands more centrifuges which are used for enriching uranium.
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