Iran's president orders stepped-up missile production

TEHRAN, Iran -- President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday ordered the accelerated production of missiles in response to possible new U.S.

See Full Article

sanctions.

In a letter to the defence minister published on the president's website, Rouhani said Iran won't accept any limitations on its missile program.

A senior U.S. official told the AP on Wednesday that America is considering designating a number of additional targets for sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile program.

Both the U.S. and Iran insist the missile program is not part of a landmark agreement Tehran reached with world powers in July that is to lift international sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program.

"Apparently, the U.S. government ... is considering adding new individuals and institutions to the list of its previous oppressive sanctions," Rouhani said in the letter. "It's necessary to continue with greater speed and seriousness the plan for production of various missiles needed by the armed forces within the approved defence policies," he wrote.

Rouhani added that the "development and production of Iran's ballistic missiles, which have not been designed to carry nuclear warheads, are important conventional instruments to defend the country and will continue."

Iran had earlier denied U.S. accusations that it launched a provocative rocket test last week near Western warships in the Strait of Hormuz, dismissing the claim as "psychological warfare."

Gen. Ramezan Sharif, a Revolutionary Guard spokesman, said its forces did not carry out any drills in the key Persian Gulf waterway. Sharif said the security of the strategic Persian Gulf remains among Iran's top priorities. His comments were posted on the Guard's website.

Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said Wednesday that Guard vessels fired several unguided rockets about 1,370 metres from the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and other Western warships and commercial traffic last Saturday. Raines said the firing came 23 minutes after Iranians announced a live fire exercise over maritime radio.

While the rockets weren't fired in the direction of any ships, Raines said Iran's actions were "highly provocative."

"Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional and inconsistent with international maritime law," he said.

Nearly a third of all oil traded by sea passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which has been the scene of past confrontations between America and Iran, including a one-day naval battle in 1988, during the Iran-Iraq war.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Afghanistan looks to Canada for more training support

    Canada News CBC News
    One of the leading figures in Afghanistan's national government insists his war-torn country must be put back at the forefront of NATO's efforts to defeat terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia. Abdullah Abdullah, the government's chief executive and one of the featured speakers this weekend at the Halifax International Security Forum, says the new NATO focus on Iraq left his country vulnerable to greater terrorist activity. Source
  • Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail. Trump's tweet Sunday comes after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimized Trump's involvement in winning the players' release in comments to ESPN. Source
  • Argonauts reach Grey Cup after surviving epic Roughriders' comeback

    Canada News CBC News
    Cody Fajardo's one-yard TD run with 23 seconds remaining rallied the Toronto Argonauts to a wild 25-21 East Division final win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday afternoon. Toronto returns to the Grey Cup for the first time since winning the historic 100th championship game in 2012 at Rogers Centre. Source
  • 'Talking will help': Edmonton man speaks out about recovery from childhood sexual abuse

    Canada News CBC News
    Neil Campbell was 12 years old and sitting in bed reading a comic book when he was suddenly crushed by a wave of fear, anger and confusion. Three years earlier, he was raped numerous times by a teenaged neighbour in a shed near his home. Source
  • Turkey bans LGBT events in capital, citing 'public security'

    World News CBC News
    Turkish officials have banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in the country's capital, in a move LGBT organizations call illegal and discriminatory.Istanbul police enforce ban on gay, transgender pride marchIN DEPTH | Being transgender in Turkey: Some say they live in 'empire of fear'The ban took effect Saturday for an "indefinite" period and applies to all LGBT film screenings, theatres, panels and exhibitions. Source
  • Argentina unsure if signals came from lost submarine

    World News CTV News
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's Navy could not confirm Sunday if seven brief satellite calls received a day prior were from a lost submarine with 44 crew members on board. "We do not have clear evidence that (the calls) have come from that unit," said Adm. Source
  • Ontario college strike ends as back-to-work legislation passed

    Canada News CBC News
    Hundreds of thousands of college students are expected to be back in class this week after the provincial government passed back-to-work legislation Sunday to end a five-week strike by Ontario college faculty.Wynne government to legislate striking Ontario college faculty back to workThe Liberals introduced the six-page page bill Friday after college faculty overwhelmingly rejected the college employer council's last offer by 86 per cent. Source
  • Syria: ISIS militants defeated in last major stronghold

    World News CTV News
    BEIRUT -- Pro-government forces defeated the Islamic State group in its last major stronghold in Syria, state media and a monitoring group reported on Sunday, leaving the militants to defend just strips of desert territory in the country and a besieged pocket outside the capital, Damascus. Source
  • 5-year-old girl allegedly attacked by German shepherd

    Canada News CTV News
    A little girl in Ontario continues to recover after an alleged dog attack by one of the neighbour’s pets. The family of five-year-old Madalyn Barclay says the little girl was attacked by a German shepherd mix while playing at a neighbour’s house in Bradford, Ont. Source
  • 5-year-old girl allegedly attacked by German shepherd mix

    Canada News CTV News
    A little girl in Ontario continues to recover after an alleged dog attack by one of the neighbour’s pets. The family of five-year-old Madalyn Barclay says the little girl was attacked by a German shepherd mix while playing at a neighbour’s house in Bradford, Ont. Source