US: Iranian missile test violated UN resolutions

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The test of an Iranian ballistic missile last week violated UN Security Council resolutions, the US confirmed Friday.

“After reviewing the available information, we can confirm that Iran launched on October 10 a medium-range ballistic missile inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon. This was a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1929,” US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said.

The US was preparing to raise the issue with the Security Council and would press for “an appropriate response to Iran’s disregard for its international obligations.”

Last week, Iran tested a new medium-range missile to replace its Shahab-3 model.

The Emad (Assertiveness) surface-to-surface missile is said to be more precise than its predecessor, but details on weapons tests cannot normally be verified as they take place without independent observers.

The US noted that prohibitions of Iranian ballistic missile activities and an arms embargo remain in place after Iran and world powers reached a deal to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

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