The US government said on Tuesday that Iran might have breached a UN Security Council resolution when it tested long-range ballistic missiles at the weekend, Anadolu has reported. According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, there were “strong indications” that Tehran violated UN Security Council resolutions that pertain to Iran’s ballistic missile activities.
“The test is a breach of Security Council resolution 1929, which stipulates that Iran must not carry out activities related to ballistic missiles,” he explained, “but this is separate from the nuclear agreement that Iran reached with the rest of the world.” Resolution 1929, he added, gives America the ability to work in concert with its partners around the world to engage a strategy to try to disrupt the continued progress of Iran’s ballistic missile programme.
Earnest pointed out that the Security Council resolution 2231, which bans Iran from testing ballistic missiles able to have nuclear warheads, has not yet come into force.
On Sunday, Iran’s Fars news agency reported that the government in Tehran had successfully tested a new long-range guided missile, the first of its kind produced by the Iranians.