Power: Iran Missile Test Violated UN Security Council Resolutions

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This picture released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, claims to show the launching of an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile in an undisclosed location / AP

Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that Iran violated U.N. Security Council resolutions by test firing a ballistic missile over the weekend.

Politico reported that Power made the admission during remarks at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women summit in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

"If the facts are as we believe them to be, it would violate U.N. Security Council resolutions," Power said.

Iran announced via state media reports over the weekend that it had test-fired the new domestically-produced surface-to-surface missile, insisting that the test did not violate its nuclear deal with world powers.

"To follow our defense programs, we don’t ask permission from anyone," Iranian defense minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan said of the test.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that there were "strong indications" that Iran’s ballistic missile test Sunday violated a U.N. Security Council resolution.

The U.N. Security Council bars Iran from engaging in any activity having to do with ballistic missiles that could deliver a nuclear warhead.

When asked whether or not the test-fire would affect the Iran nuclear agreement, Power replied Wednesday, "I think we have to walk and chew gum at the same time."

Obama administration officials insisted earlier this week that the ballistic missile test did not violate the nuclear deal.