Rouhani unveils sub armed with cruise missile after Iran's FM says chances of war 'great'

Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of international pressure and embargoes that have barred it from importing many weapons.

By REUTERS
February 17, 2019 14:48
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen during a public speech in the southern Hormozgan province

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen during a public speech in the southern Hormozgan province, Iran, February 17, 2019. (photo credit: IRANIAN PRESIDENCY WEBSITE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

 
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DUBAI - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated a new domestically-built submarine armed with cruise missiles at a time of rising tensions with its arch-enemy the United States. The unveiling came on the heels of the country's foreign minister saying the chances of war with Israel are "great."

The ceremony took place in the southern port city of Bandar Lengeh.

"It weighs 600 tonnes and enjoys state-of-the-art weaponry, including torpedoes, naval mines and cruise missiles that could be launched from a submerged position," the government's English-language Press TV said.

The Fateh "Conqueror" submarine weighs 600 tonnes, Press TV said, adding that it "enjoys state-of-the-art weaponry, including torpedoes, naval mines and cruise missiles that could be launched from a submerged position."

US President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six powers last May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

He said the deal was flawed because it did not include curbs on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.

Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of international pressure and embargoes that have barred it from importing many weapons.

Last year, Iran’s navy launched a domestically built destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties.



"Our defense power is solely defensive...Our enemy's pressure and sanctions imposed on Iran have instigated our progress," Rouhani said in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.

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