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Iran missile test violated UN sanctions, US says

Samantha Power claims new ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warhead; resolution forbids such technology

Screen capture of an Iranian missile launch, October 10, 2015 (YouTube: PressTV News Videos)
Screen capture of an Iranian missile launch, October 10, 2015 (YouTube: PressTV News Videos)

UNITED NATIONS — US Ambassador Samantha Power said Friday that Iran’s recent ballistic missile test was “a clear violation” of UN sanctions.

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

She said this violated a UN 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.

US Ambassador Samantha Power addresses the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP/Richard Drew)
US Ambassador Samantha Power addresses the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP/Richard Drew)

“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 October 10.

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

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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