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Iran boasts it has developed 'the father of all bombs'

  • Iran claims to have made explosive comparable to US 'mother of all bombs'
  • Military bosses say the 10-ton bomb is 'at out disposal' and 'highly destructive'
  • It comes as Tehran warns it will not be bullied by the US over its nuclear deal
  • US President Donald Trump said last week that Iran was violating 'the spirit' of 2015 agreement

By Julian Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 04:03 EDT, 18 September 2017 | Updated: 19:17 EDT, 18 September 2017

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Iran has boasted of developing the 'father of all bombs' amid warnings it will react strongly to any 'wrong move' by the US over its nuclear deal.

Tehran claims to have made a 10-ton explosive to match America's - Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb - used by the US Air Force for the first time in April to destroy a network of ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan.

The country's most senior general Amir Ali Hajizadeh described Iran's own version as the father of all bombs and said the weapon was now 'at our disposal, can be launched from aircraft and they are highly destructive', according to state media.

It comes as Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the country will not be bullied by Washington over Tehran's nuclear deal. 

Iran has boasted of developing the 'father of all bombs' amid warnings it will react strongly to any 'wrong move' by the US over its nuclear deal. Picture shows a military parade in Tehran
Iran has boasted of developing the 'father of all bombs' amid warnings it will react strongly to any 'wrong move' by the US over its nuclear deal. Picture shows a military parade in Tehran

Iran has boasted of developing the 'father of all bombs' amid warnings it will react strongly to any 'wrong move' by the US over its nuclear deal. Picture shows a military parade in Tehran

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (pictured) warned the country will not be bullied by Washington over Tehran's nuclear deal
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (pictured) warned the country will not be bullied by Washington over Tehran's nuclear deal

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (pictured) warned the country will not be bullied by Washington over Tehran's nuclear deal

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Iran was violating 'the spirit' of the 2015 deal under which it got sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear programme.

State television quoted Khamenei as saying Iran was standing firm 'and any wrong move by the domineering regime regarding the (nuclear accord) will face the reaction of the Islamic Republic.'

Washington extended some sanctions relief for Iran on Thursday under the nuclear deal with world powers, but said it had yet to decide whether to maintain the agreement.

Trump must make a decision by mid-October whether to certify that Iran is complying with the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). If he does not, Congress has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions.

Tehran claims to have made a 10-ton explosive to match America's - Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (pictured)
Tehran claims to have made a 10-ton explosive to match America's - Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (pictured)

Tehran claims to have made a 10-ton explosive to match America's - Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (pictured)

'Today, despite all the commitments and discussions in the negotiations, America's attitude towards these negotiations and their outcome is completely unjust and amounts to bullying,' Khamenei said in a speech to Iranian police academy graduates.

'The Americans should know ...there will be no retreat by the Islamic Republic.'

The Foreign Ministry in Tehran condemned as 'continued Iranophobia' Washington's move on Thursday to impose sanctions on 11 individuals and firms, including two based in Ukraine, state news agency IRNA reported.

The U.S. Treasury accused the 11 of supporting Iran's ballistic missile programme or its Revolutionary Guards, or engaging in cyber attacks against the U.S. financial system.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday he believed Iran was in technical compliance with the nuclear deal but had stepped up destabilizing activities in Yemen and Syria and continued to have an active ballistic missile program.

The American Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was used by the US Air Force for the first time in April to destroy a network of ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan
The American Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was used by the US Air Force for the first time in April to destroy a network of ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan

The American Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was used by the US Air Force for the first time in April to destroy a network of ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan

'None of that, I believe, is consistent with that preamble commitment that was made by everyone' in the nuclear deal, he told CBS' 'Face the Nation.'

Iran said last month it could abandon the nuclear agreement 'within hours' if the United States imposed any new penalties, after Washington ordered unilateral sanctions over Tehran's ballistic missile tests.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking on Sunday before leaving to attend a U.N General Assembly meeting in New York, said Washington should join the countries that continued to support the nuclear deal, which he compared to a dinner party.

'They can choose the right path and also enter the room where the food is served. We would not have a problem with that,' IRNA quoted Rouhani as saying.

The United States imposed unilateral sanctions, saying Tehran's ballistic missile tests violated a U.N. resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal and called on Tehran not to undertake activities related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Iran denies its missile development breaches the resolution, saying the missiles are not designed to carry nuclear weapons.

 

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