Report: Iran Conducts Ballistic Missile Test in Violation of UN Resolution

Iran ballistic missile test

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


Iran on Sunday conducted a ballistic missile test in defiance of a United Nations resolution barring such activity, Fox News reported Monday, citing U.S. officials.

The launch took place at a test site located outside of Semnan, some 140 miles east of Tehran. The medium-range ballistic missile traveled 600 miles before exploding.

The test violated a U.N. resolution that prohibits Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years.

U.N. Security Council 2231, which enshrined the Iran nuclear deal into international law, says that the Islamic Republic "is called upon not to undertake an activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology."

Iran has conducted at least five ballistic missile tests since signing the nuclear pact. The agreement does not contain specific provisions stopping Iran from launching ballistic missile tests.

The U.N. condemned Iran in July for failing to comply with the "spirit" of the nuclear agreement by conducting such tests.

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