Date
28 July 2017
Iran has test-fired a new precision-guided ballistic missile on Sunday, prompting criticism from Washington. Credit: Reuters
Iran has test-fired a new precision-guided ballistic missile on Sunday, prompting criticism from Washington. Credit: Reuters

US to raise Iranian missile test issue at United Nations

A missile test announced by Iran over the weekend was an apparent violation of a UN Security Council resolution, Washington said on Tuesday, adding that it will raise the issue at the United Nations. 

“We’ll obviously raise this at the UNSC as we have done in previous launches,” Reuters quoted a State Department spokesman as saying.

The comments came after Iranian state TV reported that the country successfully test-fired a new precision-guided ballistic missile on Sunday.

It was the first such test since Iran agreed to a historic nuclear deal with six world powers recently.

The State Department spokesman said the issue is separate from the nuclear deal, which seeks to curb Tehran’s atomic program in return for having sanctions against it eased.

Ballistic missile tests by Iran are banned under Security Council resolution 1929, which dates from 2010 and remains valid until the July 14 nuclear deal goes into effect.

Once the deal takes effect, Iran will still be “called upon” not to undertake any ballistic missiles work designed to deliver nuclear weapons for a period of up to eight years, according to a Security Council resolution adopted in July.

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