Iran conducted a new medium range ballistic missile test in November, in breach of two United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
Iran has carried out a new medium range ballistic missile test in November, in breach of two United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, a senior US official told Fox News on Monday.
Fox News quotes “Western intelligence” source who said the test was held on November 21 near Chabahar, a port city near the border with Pakistan. The launch took place from a known missile test site along the Gulf of Oman.
The missile, known as a Ghadr-110, has a range of 1,800 – 2000 km (1200 miles), and is reportedly capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
The missile fired in November is an improved version of the Shahab 3, and is similar to the precision guided missile tested by Iran on October 10, which elicited strong condemnation from members of the UNSC.
The US expressed “deep concerns” after the October missile tests, but President Barack Obama said they would not derail the nuclear deal singed with the Islamic Republic in July.
“I think what we’ll be doing is we’ll review, as we have in the past, any violations of UN resolutions, and we’ll deal with them much as we have in the past,” Obama said ambiguously of Iran’s October weapons launch.
A senior administration official told Fox News on Monday the White House was “aware” of reports of the missile test, but had “no further comment at this time.”
The Iranian Armed Forces have been working vigorously to develop its weapons systems and has recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of domestically-produced weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines and ‘suicide’ Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
One day after Tehran and six world powers signed that nuclear accord, the UN passed resolution 2231, which compels Iran to refrain from any work on ballistic missiles for 8 years. UN Security Council Resolution 1929 was passed in 2010 and bans Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests.
The Security Council is still debating how to respond to Iran’s test in October.
Iran claims that its military development is for defense purposes only. However, many of these weapons, including the Shehab missile, were given to the Hezbollah terror organization and used against Israel’s civilian population during the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.
Iran has repeatedly threatened to use its missiles against Israel.
By: United with Israel Staff
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