US criticizes Iran’s missile test, might refer case to UN

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The United States has criticized ballistic missile testing carried out by Iran at the weekend thought to have been a violation of a UN resolution.

“We’ve got strong indications that those missile tests did violate a UN Security Council resolution,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday. “Unfortunately, that’s not new.”

Washington intends to submit the case to the UN for review in order to establish any wrongdoing, according to reports in CNN and other US media.

Iran confirmed on Sunday that it had successfully test-fired the mid-range surface-to-surface Emad (Assertiveness) missile.

Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said the Emad missile, which has a range of 2,000 kilometres, had been developed and produced in Iran and was more precise than the preceeding Shahab-3 model. He did not say when or where the test had been carried out.

Earnest said that the incident was “altogether separate from the nuclear agreement that Iran reached with the rest of the world,” adding that the country had “demonstrated a track record” in adhering to the international community’s requests.

In July, Iran and six world powers reached a historic nuclear accord, which eased years of tensions between Tehran and Western powers suspicious that its nuclear programme is geared to produce a bomb – an allegation Iran denies.

The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

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