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U.S. Officials Iranian Ballistic Missile Launch Was Faked AFP U.S. Officials Iranian Ballistic Missile Launch Was Faked AFP
Christy Curtis | 29 September, 2017, 01:37

President Donald Trump blasted Iran on Twitter on Saturday for carrying out a ballistic missile test, but officials have now said the footage of the launch aired on Iranian state TV was fake. Both countries have tangibly countered Trump's bluster.

In the September 23 tweet, Trump wrote, "Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel". "Not much of an agreement we have!"

Two days later, media reports cast doubt on whether there had indeed been a new test.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who spoke at the United Nations the following day, said that its country's missiles are "solely defensive" in nature, Fox News reported.

Was Trump incorrect? It's hard to tell. "As far as we can see, it did not happen", the official said to CNN. The stories quote anonymous sources, which we do not use in our reporting.

Iran responded to the rhetoric from the White House saying it would not tolerate threats.

"You are seeing images of the successful test of the Khorramshahr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, the latest missile of our country", state television said, adding this was Iran's third missile with such a range. The media outlet's tweet said, "Video: #Iran successfully test-fires new ballistic missile". But the government report was misleading, because the video was actually of a launch that took place in January.

Reports quickly surfaced that USA radar and intelligence sensors did not detect a launch in the first place.

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Israel also responded to Iran's claim of a missile test as if it was genuine. "There is a lot of misinformation out there about Iran and its activities".

The nuclear agreement with Iran does not cover missiles - only nuclear technology.

Iran has let it be known that it will increase its missile capabilities after Trump's provocative speech while addressing the comity of nations.

Iran's defense minister said on Saturday foreign pressures would not affect Iran's missile program. "They are developing longer-range and more capable missiles, and those missiles can in fact threaten Israel and some of Europe".

Iranian officials say all of the country's missiles are created to carry only conventional and not nuclear warheads and that Tehran does not have a program to develop nuclear weapons.

If that's accurate, then Trump would be correct about the missile's ability to hit Israel; the distance from Tehran to Tel Aviv is about 1,000 miles.

During his speech to the United Nations on September 19, Trump harshly criticized Iran, for allegedly sponsoring terrorism, and threatened to end the US -led deal with Iran over its nuclear program, negotiated by the Obama administration.

Last week during his maiden speech at the U.N., Trump blasted Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs.

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