BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Iranian television yesterday showed the launch of a new medium range ballistic missile, the Khoramshahr, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Iran's missile program could lead him to scrap the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration.
State media quoted the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division as saying, the missile, the Khoramshahr, has a range of 2,000 kilometers or 1,250 miles and is capable of carrying multiple warheads. A missile with such a range could reach Israel, as well as U.S. military bases in the Middle East.
It's important to note however that Iran in the past has launched missiles with a greater range. Iranian insists that its missile program is strictly for defensive purposes and that its missiles are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.
Significantly, its missile program is not covered by the 2015 nuclear deal, which was negotiated with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany.
President Trump, who's repeatedly threatened to scrap the nuclear deal in the past, has warned that he believes that Iran in the future could fit its missiles with nuclear warheads.
Responding to the American president, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaking at the U.N. General Assembly said in his words it will be a great pity of this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to world politics.
I'm Ben Wedeman, CNN, reporting from Tokyo.