Iran test fires new missile

Iran revealed the new Bavar 373 air-defense missile system on Aug. 22, 2019. (File/Iranian Presidency/AFP)
Updated 24 August 2019

Iran test fires new missile

  • Revolutionary Guard commander Major General Hossein Salami said Iran was ‘always in the arena for testing weapon systems
  • Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defense system on Thursday

GENEVA: Iran has test fired a new missile, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said on Saturday, according to the Tasnim news agency.
“Our country is always the arena for testing a variety of defense and strategic systems and these are non-stop movements toward the growth of our deterrent power,” Salami said. “And yesterday was one of the successful days for this nation.”
He did not provide any additional information about the missile.
US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program last year and stepped up sanctions on Tehran in order to curb its development of ballistic missiles and its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq. The two countries have been exchanging threats and warnings since then.
Iran shot down a US military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile in June, nearly setting off a conflict with the United States. The Islamic Republic says the drone was over its territory, but Washington says it was in international airspace.
Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defense system on Thursday.


Emmanuel Macron loses cool with Israeli security in ‘Chirac moment’ at Jerusalem church

Updated 29 min 31 sec ago

Emmanuel Macron loses cool with Israeli security in ‘Chirac moment’ at Jerusalem church

  • Israeli security forces pushed past the French detail and were first to enter the Church of Saint Anne, which is French state property
  • Wednesday’s tense scenes recalled a 1996 Jerusalem visit by late former president Chirac

JERUSALEM: When French President Emmanuel Macron visited Jerusalem’s Old City Wednesday, he also trod in the footsteps of one of his predecessors, Jacques Chirac, by engaging in a heated argument with Israeli security.

The altercation broke out when Israeli security forces pushed past the French detail and were first to enter the Church of Saint Anne, which is French state property.

“Everybody knows the rules. I don’t like what you did in front of me,” an animated Macron loudly told the Israeli personnel, speaking in English, in the crush to enter the building, which remains French territory under international treaties.

“Go out — outside please!” he added in a raised voice in scenes captured in video footage that quickly spread on social media.

The Roman Catholic church, located at the start of Via Dolorosa in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter, has been part of France’s territories in the Holy Land since the 1850s.

The rules that have been in place “for centuries,” Macron told the Israeli officers, “will not change with me, I can tell you, OK? So everybody, respect the rules.”

Macron will on Thursday attend a ceremony to commemorate the liberation 75 years ago of Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz death camp in what was then occupied Poland.

Wednesday’s tense scenes recalled a 1996 Jerusalem visit by late former president Chirac during which he also lost his cool with Israeli security agents who were pressing him to move on.

Chirac heatedly told them their actions were a “provocation” and angrily asked: “What do you want? Me to go back to my plane and go back to France, is that what you want?”