White House: Iran Missile Test Violated Resolution

United States admits a recent Iranian missile test was a violation of a UN resolution, but says nuclear deal will not be affected.

Ben Ariel,

Missiles at a Revolutionary Guards parade in Tehran (archive)
Missiles at a Revolutionary Guards parade in Tehran (archive)
Reuters

The United States admitted on Tuesday that a recent Iranian missile test was a violation of a UN resolution, but said that would not affect the implementation of the nuclear deal signed with world powers.

Speaking to reporters and quoted by The Associated Press (AP), White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there are "strong indications" that Iran violated UN Security Council resolutions related to ballistic missiles when it test fired a new missile over the weekend.

When it comes to Iran's ballistic missile program, he said, "unfortunately, that's not new."

"We have seen Iran almost serially violate the international community's concerns about their ballistic missile program," Earnest said, according to AP.

He stressed, however, that those violations are "entirely separate" from the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers.

"In contrast to the repeated violations of the UN Security Council resolution that pertains to their ballistic missile activities, we've seen that Iran over the last couple of years has demonstrated a track record of abiding by the commitments that they made in the context of the nuclear talks," Earnest was quoted by AP as having said.

At the State Department, spokesman Mark Toner added that the U.S. intended to raise the incident at the UN, "and then we'll continue to do this for any and all Iranian violations of UN Security Council resolutions."

He called the missile test "deeply concerning", according to the news agency.

Iranian state TV had reported on Sunday that the Iranians successfully test fired a new guided long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile.

Iran continuously carries out long-range ballistic missile drills as it routinely shows off its military program.

Iran's domestic long-range ballistic missiles are, in fact, nuclear capable, according to international reports, particularly the Shahab 3 and Sejjil 2.




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