Iran scraps missile from launchpad

Josh Kim
February 9, 2017

The response follows Mr Trump's imposition of new sanctions on Iran over a ballistic missile test.

U.S. officials also said that the previous missile test at the Semnan launch pad was followed by a flurry of activity at the site.

29 test involved a medium-range ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and Saudi Arabia, prompting an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting and a statement from national security adviser Michael Flynn putting the Islamic Republic "on notice".

Iran's foreign ministry decried the new US sanctions as "illegitimate".

Trump said last Thursday that "nothing is off the table", when it came to a potential military response as House and Senate Republicans backed a tougher line on Tehran.

A designation of the entire IRGC as a terrorist group would potentially have much broader implications, including for the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and the United States and other major world powers. The deal imposed curbs on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis recently called Iran the world's "biggest state sponsor of terrorism".

Iran's Deputy Chief of Staff Hamid Aboutalebi issued a statement on Twitter urging the Trump Administration to de-escalate regional tensions in the Middle East instead of adding to them, saying the USA should be willing to "interact with Iran" rather than constantly challenging them.

He took aim at the country multiple times on Twitter last week, saying its leadership didn't "appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them".

"I believe Trump will push for renegotiation".

And while it is not clear why Iran moved that missile from the launch pad, experts said it could be a technical problem - or perhaps Iran is reacting to the new sanctions from Washington.

On Friday, the country will celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, and Khamenei rallied up audiences to join him in denouncing the United States on its corruption and recent threats.

"All of you know that Russian Federation enjoys warm relations with Iran, we do cooperate on a range of issues, and we do appreciate our economic ties which, we hope, will go further", Peskov said.

Other satellite photos taken on February 3 show, the network claims, another launcher and Iranian vehicles.

The US Department of Defense declined to comment when RIA Novosti asked the agency about Iran's missile tests. "Why?!" Khamenei posted on his website.

Khamenei seized on that, asking: "He says we should be grateful to Obama? No enemy can ever paralyze the Iranian nation".

Spicer suggested Khamenei's gratitude toward Trump was misplaced.

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