Iran on Saturday held the heavily choreographed pageant of anti-Americanism that marks the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran as relations with President Donald Trump’s administration worsen and the fate of its nuclear agreement with world powers is unresolved.
Thousands gathered on the campus of the former embassy, called a “den of espionage,” where a ballistic missile was displayed. News agencies described it as a Sejil surface-to-surface missile with a range of 1,200 miles. It was the first time Iran displayed a missile during the annual gathering.
Later in the day, the semi-official Tasnim news agency, which has ties to the elite Revolutionary Guard, said the missile was a Qadr-F that has the same range as a Sejil.
Iran has paraded its missile capability in recent months in a show of defiance to Trump, whose administration has said Tehran’s development of ballistic missiles violates the spirit of the nuclear agreement signed in 2015.
Last month, Trump declined to certify Iran’s compliance with the agreement — under which Iran curbed uranium enrichment in exchange for relief from international sanctions. Trump’s decision did not undo the agreement, which European countries and Iran continue to support, but allows Congress to decide whether to reimpose certain sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
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