Iran’s state television broadcaster recently celebrated the launch of a ballistic missile there using footage that was more than seven months old, two U.S. officials told Fox News Monday.
Fox News’s sources said that the Iranian channel used old film during a clip released last Friday claiming to show the successful test of a new type of medium-range projectile.
The original video dated back to a failed launch in late January, they added, which ended with the missile exploding shortly after liftoff.
Some Twitter users on Tuesday mocked President Trump for treating recent reports that Iran had successfully launched a new missile as legitimate.
that is fake news sir iran doesn't test missile operation. Don't pump fake news.— Mayank beniwal (@Mayankbeniwal5) September 26, 2017
Fox News reported that Iranian media touted the outdated clip hours after a missile was displayed during a military parade in Tehran.
Iranian media then claimed its government had successfully tested the new weapon while airing footage of the failed January launch.
Trump, who has frequently criticized the Iran nuclear deal, then denounced the reported launch on Twitter.
“Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel,” he said last Saturday. “They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!”
Trump last week told the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly that he considers the Iran agreement an “embarrassment” for America.
“We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program,” he said in New York City.
Fox News reported that Iran was attempting to launch its Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile for the first time last January.
Officials at the time said that the projectile flew 600 miles before exploding in a failed test of a reentry vehicle.
Tehran has conducted over 20 missile tests since 2015, the same year a landmark global pact was created in an attempt at curbing its pursuit of nuclear weapons.