Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has test-fired several ballistic missiles, challenging a United Nations resolution and drawing a threat of a diplomatic response from the United States.
Two months ago, Washington imposed sanctions against businesses and individuals linked to Iran’s missile programme over a test of the medium-range Emad missile carried out in October 2015.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington would review Tuesday’s incident and, if it is confirmed, raise it in the UN Security Council and seek an “appropriate response”.
“We also continue to aggressively apply our unilateral tools to counter threats from Iran’s missile program,” Toner added, in a possible reference to additional US sanctions.
An Iranian state television report showed a missile being fired from a fortified underground silo at night time. The presenter said it was a medium-range Qiam-1 missile, and the test took place in the early hours of Tuesday.
The report said the Guards had fired several missiles from silos across the country, though it only showed footage of one. “The missiles struck a target 700 kilometres away,” said Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s aerospace arm.
State-run Press TV had earlier shown footage of the Emad missile, Iran’s most advanced model under development, being fired. However, that footage appeared to be of the earlier October launch that triggered the US sanctions.
US and French officials said a missile test by Iran would violate UN Security Council resolution 2231, which calls on Iran not to conduct “any activity” related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
However, Washington said that a fresh missile test would not violate the Iran nuclear deal itself, under which Tehran agreed to restrict its atomic program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The deal was endorsed in resolution 2231.
after it took so long to get their sanctions lifted they go and do this..i think they were given the heads up that this wont be a game changer..and they are right..
“Washington said that a fresh missile test would not violate the Iran nuclear deal itself, under which Tehran agreed to restrict its atomic program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.”