Iran Tests New Homegrown Long-range Cruise Missile 'Hoveizeh'

EU backs Iran trading system but warns on Syria, missiles

According to Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, who spoke at the ceremony, "The range of Hoveizeh missile is over 840 miles and it is good for targeting ground targets".

Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guard aerospace division, said Iran had overcome initial problems in producing jet engines for cruise missiles and could now manufacture a full range of the weapons.

"The Hoveizeh missile needs a very short time for its preparedness and can fly at a low altitude", Hatami added.

In the 37-second video on the ministry website, the launch was shown from different angles with the projectile finally hitting somewhere in the desert.

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

The European Union has reiterated its continued support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, while citing concerns about the country's ballistic missile programme and regional activities.

"The Council is also gravely concerned by Iran's ballistic missile activity and calls upon Iran to refrain from these activities, in particular ballistic missile launches that are inconsistent with UN Security Council resolution 2231", the Council said in a statement.

Tehran insists its missile development program is "purely defensive" and compliant with the resolution.

France, one of the remaining parties in the Iran deal, condemned the attempted satellite launch and urged Iran to discontinue all ballistic missile tests, which violate United Nations resolutions.

The Iranian judiciary chief said on Monday that his country would never accept the "humiliating conditions" in the EU's payment channel for trade with Iran, Tasnim news agency reported.

"If the Europeans, or anyone else, want to conspire to disarm Iran of missiles, we will be forced to make a strategic leap", the guards' deputy commander Brig-Gen Hossein Salami said on state TV.

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.

"It [the European Union] urges Iran as one of the Astana guarantors, together with Russian Federation and Turkey, to ensure cessation of hostilities and unhindered, safe and sustainable humanitarian access throughout all of Syria, and particularly in Idlib", the Council said in a press release.

France, Germany, and Britain unveiled INSTEX, which is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), on Thursday to facilitate "legitimate trade between European economic operators and Iran".

Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of decades-long worldwide sanctions and embargoes that have barred it from importing most weapons.

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