US: Iran may have violated UN resolution with missile test

White House says it has ‘strong indications’ that test violates Security Council resolution

US: Iran may have violated UN resolution with missile test

World Bulletin / News Desk

There are strong indications that Iran's test of a new precision-guided ballistic missile violates a UN Security Council resolution, the White House said Tuesday.

“We’ve got strong indications that those missile test did violate UN Security Council resolutions that pertain to Iran’s ballistic missile activities,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. 

He said the test Sunday was unrelated to a nuclear agreement Iran reached with world powers earlier this year.

”In contrast to the repeated violations of the UN Security Council resolution that pertains to their ballistic missile activities, we’ve seen that Iran over the last couple of years has demonstrated a track record of abiding by the commitments that they made in the context of the nuclear talks.”

Earnest’s comments come after Iran’s Defense Minister Hussein Dehghan said Sunday that his government test-fired a new long-range, surface-to-surface ballistic missile. 

The State Department also said the missile tests were "not a violation" of the nuclear agreement but cautioned that the U.S. would act if it determined that a was a violation occurred.

"If these tests constitute a violation of existing U.N. Security Council resolutions, we would take appropriate action at the UN," said State Department's spokesman Mark Toner.

He also hinted that the U.S. would at least consider acting unilaterally.

"But in addition, we have distinct domestic authorities to take action as appropriate against entities and individuals involved," he said.

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