Iran carries out medium-range ballistic missile test

Iran carries out medium-range ballistic missile test
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Iran carried out a test launch of a locally-produced medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday which exploded after 630 miles (1,013 km) according to a U.S. official.

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The U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the test launch was carried out from a site near Semnan, a well-known test missile site 140 miles (225 km) east of the capital Tehran. The official added that the last time this type of missile was test launched was in July 2016.

U.N. resolution 2231 — put in place days after the Iran nuclear deal was signed — calls on the Islamic Republic not to conduct such tests. However, this is at least Iran’s second such test since July. The resolution bars Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years and went into effect July 20, 2015.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the missile test violated a UN Security Council resolution and vowed to talk to U.S. President Donald Trump about renewing sanctions against Tehran. The two are due to meet on February 15 at the White House in Washington D.C.

The European Union warned Iran not to ‘deepen mistrust’ with missile tests on Tuesday.

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