Iran Plans Missile Tests 'To Dismiss' New U.S. Sanctions

'If we see smallest misstep from the enemies, our roaring missiles will fall on their heads,' Revolutionary Guard official says.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani speaks at a conference in Tehran, Iran, January 28, 2017.
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Iran is holding a military exercise on Saturday to test its missile and radar systems, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump's administration imposed sanctions on Tehran for its recent ballistic missile test. 

The Revolutionary Guards website said that the aim of the military exercise in Semnan province in central Iran was to "showcase the power of Iran's revolution and to dismiss the sanctions."

Later on Saturday, a Revolutionary Guards commander said that Iran would use its missiles against enemies of the Islamic Republic if they threaten the country's security.

"We are working day and night to protect Iran's security. If we see smallest misstep from the enemies, our roaring missiles will fall on their heads," head of Revolutionary Guards' aerospace unit, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

The United States sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities under U.S. Iran sanctions authority on Friday, after the White House had put Iran "on notice" over a ballistic missile test and other activities. 

Iranian state news agencies reported that home-made missile systems, radars, command and control centers, and cyber warfare systems will be tested in the drill.