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Iran Ups Nuclear Threat, Tests Ballistic Missile

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Iran tested a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, two U.S. officials speaking anonymously confirm to Reuters.

The test is in direct breach of a security council resolution which bans Iran from ballistic missile testing. The resolution was passed in 2010 and is still technically in effect. Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (also known as the Iran deal), which was agreed upon on July 14, Iran is “called upon” to cease ballistic missile testing for a period of eight years. The U.N. security council resolution will remain in effect until the so-called “implementation day” which is supposed to come some time in 2016.

The missile test involves a new model which has a range of 1,180 miles. With this range, Iran can threaten several Middle East capitals and portions of southern Europe. According to the officials, the missile test occurred within Iran’s borders in Chabahar, a town close to the Pakistani border.

Iran’s aggressive move follows a test of a similar medium range missile this October which was also in violation of U.N. resolutions. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power commented on the October test, saying “the United States is deeply concerned about Iran’s recent ballistic missile launch.” The U.S., France, Britain and Germany responded to the test by calling on the Security Council to reprimand Iran. The Security Council has yet to take any action.

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