Date
21 January 2017
Ambassador Samantha Power said Washington is conducting a "serious review" of the reported incident. Photo: Reuters
Ambassador Samantha Power said Washington is conducting a "serious review" of the reported incident. Photo: Reuters

US conducting review of alleged Iran missile test

The United States is seeking to confirm reports that Iran launched a ballistic missile last month in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said.

“The US is conducting a serious review of the reported incident,” Reuters quoted Power telling reporters after a meeting of the Security Council on unrelated issues. 

She said if Washington confirmed the reports that Iran tested a medium-range ballistic missile on Nov. 21 in violation of UN resolutions, the US would bring the issue to the 15-nation council and seek appropriate action.

The test of a Ghadr-110, a spinoff of the Shahab-3 missile, was held near Chabahar, a port city near Iran’s border with Pakistan, a Western diplomatic source told the news agency last week.

He said it was a liquid-fueled missile with a 1,900-kilometer range and was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

All ballistic missile tests by Iran are banned under a 2010 Security Council resolution that remains valid until a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is implemented.

Under that deal, reached on July 14, most sanctions on Iran will be lifted in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

According to a July 20 resolution endorsing that deal, Iran is still “called upon” to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.

In October, the US, Britain and France called for the Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee to take action over a test by Tehran of a nuclear-capable missile that month that they said violated UN sanctions.

So far, no action has been taken by the committee, though Power said council members would be discussing the issue next week.

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