Iran Test Launches Multiple-Warhead Ballistic Missile

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"As we have been warning for some time, Iran's missile testing and missile proliferation is growing", Pompeo said. "There is no Security Council resolution prohibiting the missile program and missile tests by Iran", state news agency IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying.

The missile, according to a statement from Pompeo, has the capability of carrying multiple warheads and "has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere in the Middle East".

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, addressing a security forum in California, said the Iranian launch was significant and was a reminder that Tehran was unlikely to be deterred from pursuing missile technology or supporting militant proxies. Pompeo's statement provided few details about the latest Iranian missile test.

"This test violates UN Security Council resolution 2231 that bans Iran from undertaking 'any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology ...'" Pompeo said in the statement.

Last month, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said USA bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range. Earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a massive trove of documents smuggled out of Iran by the Mossad that he said was conclusive evidence of Tehran's nuclear aspirations.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls the test a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution.

In August, he formed a dedicated group to coordinate and run the country's policy towards Iran following US President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the multinational nuclear deal with Tehran.

"We had a functioning deal and you may not have agreed with all the contents of it but it actually contained this conflict", he said.

The resolution says Iran is "called upon" to refrain for up to eight years from work on ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons.

Actually, that was one of the biggest deficiencies in the nuclear deal - that it didn't cover Iran's ballistic missile program. "Provocative, threatening and inconsistent with UNSCR 2231".

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