A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran September 27, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi/TIMA/File Photo via REUTERS
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Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Thursday that its ballistic missile program would accelerate despite U.S. and European Union pressure to suspend it, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported. In a significant U.S. policy shift on Oct. 13, President Donald Trump disavowed Iran's compliance with a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and launched a more aggressive approach to the Islamic Republic over its missile development activity. Iran says it has no such plans.Signaling no respite in tension in the Middle East, where Iran has waged a long proxy war with U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia, the Guard also vowed to continue confronting the United States and Israel.Trump's hardened Iran stance has united officials behind the IRGC.When asked whether Paris wanted to add sanctions on the IRGC, as the U.S. administration has called for, Le Drian said it was crucial to keep the nuclear dossier separate from Iran's other activities.
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