Trump Administration confirms reports that Iran tested medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday; Netanyahu in February meeting with Trump to “raise the renewal of sanctions against Iran”
Iran carried out a ballistic missile test again violating the United Nations resolution banning such missile tests.
According to reports Tuesday and following confirmation by the Trump Administration, Iran carried out a medium-range ballistic missile test on Sunday east of Tehran in the region of Semnan. The test was of a Khorramshahr ballistic missile, reports claiming the test failed after reaching 600 miles and exploding.
Iran is prohibited from testing ballistic missiles under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, as well as under the nuclear deal made between world powers and the United States.
In May of 2016, Iran reported that it successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile, the missile tested reported to be capable of reaching over 1, 240 miles. Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Iran’s Deputy Chief of Army, Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi at the time who stated “We tested a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers and eight meters error margin two weeks ago. An eight-meter error margin means …full accuracy.”
In March of last year, Iran tested two ballistic missiles with “Israel must be wiped out” written on the missiles. Head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Aerospace Division, Brid. Gen. Ali Hajizadeh, confirmed the test stating at the time “The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance.”
Iran denies its missile development and tests violate any UN resolutions, claiming its military advances are not subject to investigation nor any violation of the nuclear deal made with world powers.
Israel has repeatedly called on the international community to hold Iran accountable for its violations. Iran insists that advancing its missile program and carrying out missile tests are in no violation of international law.
Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to Iran’s missile test on Tuesday, stating that during his upcoming meeting with President Trump he will “raise the renewal of sanctions against Iran.” Netanyahu stated Tuesday “Iran has launched a ballistic missile again. This is a flagrant violation of a UN Security Council resolution. At my upcoming meeting with President Trump in Washington, I intend to raise the renewal of sanctions against Iran in this context and in other contexts. Iranian aggression must not go unanswered.”