Power: United States to Seek Action Over Iran’s Missile Test

Iran's recent ballistic missile test was "a clear violation" of UN sanctions and the United States will seek action from the Security Council, American Ambassador Samantha Power said Friday, according to The Associated Press (AP).

Power said that after reviewing available information, the United States has confirmed that the medium-range ballistic missile launched on October 10 was "inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon."

She said this violated a UN Security Council resolution adopted on June 9, 2010 which imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Iran.

The 2010 resolution bans Iran from undertaking "any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology."

Power said the United States is preparing a report to the Security Council committee that monitors sanctions against Iran. She did not specify what action the U.S. would seek, according to AP.

"The Security Council prohibition on Iran's ballistic missile activities, as well as the arms embargo, remain in place and we will continue to press the Security Council for an appropriate response to Iran's disregard for its international obligations," she said in a statement sent to the news agency.

Shortly after the missile test, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Iran likely violated UN sanctions, but stressed that the test would not affect the implementation of the deal reached with world powers.

Power’s comments came a day after France said Iran's test was a clear violation of a UN Security Council resolution and sends "a worrying message".

Iran's UN mission did not have an immediate comment after Power’s remarks Friday.

Iran continuously carries out long-range ballistic missile drills as it routinely shows off its military program.

Iran's domestic long-range ballistic missiles are, in fact, nuclear capable, according to international reports, particularly the Shahab 3 and Sejjil 2.

On Wednesday, three days after the missile test, Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveiled a secret underground missile base, saying the facility is the "tip of the iceberg" of the Guard's military might.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202010

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