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    In front of the portraits of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, and late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, left, a long-range, S-300 missile system is displayed by Iran's army during a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran

    Iran Vows to Develop Missile Program Despite Washington's Discontent

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    Tehran will not give up on its missile program and will continue to develop it further, despite objections raised by the United States, because of omnipresent threats in the region, Bahram Qassemi, the spokesman of Iranian Foreign Ministry, said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The development of missiles in Iran has been repeatedly criticized by Washington. In February, the United States imposed a round of sanctions against Iran after the country carried out a medium-range ballistic missile test in late January.

    "In line with our national policies, we will continue our defense program, which is deterrent and contributes to stability and security in the region and the campaign against terrorism, with full power and will not allow others to talk about the issue," Qassemi was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency.

    The administration of US President Donald Trump even promised to review the deal of the Iranian nuclear program signed in 2015, which eventually led to lifting of international economic sanctions.

    Earlier this month, Washington imposed another round of sanctions against Iranian defense officials and an entity over the continued development of ballistic missiles. Following the re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on May 20, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the Iranian Leader to end ballistic missile tests.


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