U.S. Ambassador Says Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test Was a ‘Clear Violation’ of U.N. Sanctions

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From TheBlaze: UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said Friday that Iran’s recent ballistic missile test was “a clear violation” of U.N. sanctions.

Power said that after reviewing available information the United States has confirmed that the medium-range ballistic missile launched on Oct. 10 was “inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.”

This picture released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, claims to show the launching of an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile in an undisclosed location. Iran successfully test fired a new guided long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile, state TV reported on Sunday. It was the first such a test since Iran and world powers reach a historical nuclear deal. Iran's Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan, told the channel that the liquid-fuel missile "will obviously boost the strategic deterrence capability of our armed forces." (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)This picture released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, claims to show the launching of an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile in an undisclosed location. Iran successfully test fired a new guided long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile, state TV reported on Sunday. It was the first such a test since Iran and world powers reach a historical nuclear deal. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

She said this violated a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted on June 10, 2010 banning such launches.

Power said the United States is preparing a report to the council committee monitoring sanctions against Iran on the missile launch.

“The Security Council prohibition on Iran’s ballistic missile activities, as well as the arms embargo, remain in place and we will continue to press the Security Council for an appropriate response to Iran’s disregard for its international obligations,” she said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

Iranian state TV reported the successful test firing of a new guided long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile on Oct. 10.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest raised concerns soon after the launch, saying there were “strong indications” it violated U.N. sanctions.

He said the United States has seen Iran “almost serially violate the international community’s concerns about their ballistic missile program.”

Earnest stressed, however, that those violations are “entirely separate” from the historic nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers, which is aimed at preventing its development of nuclear weapons.

He added that Iran in recent years has abided by its commitments made during the nuclear talks.

 

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