Iran’s recent ballistic missile test was a violation of international sanctions, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha PowerSamantha PowerObama's UN envoy apologizes for not recognizing Armenian mass killings as genocide New US approach to Syria a welcome sight to many in region Trump’s response to Syrian bloodshed lifts the stain of American inaction MORE said Friday.
Power said a U.S. probe found the new long-range ballistic missiles test-fired by Iran is “inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon” and thus is a “clear violation” of sanctions banning such launches, The Associated Press reported.
Power said in a statement that the U.S. will file a report on the incident with the U.N. Security Council.
“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.
The timing of the launch ruffled feathers in Washington, in large part because it occurred less than a week before the Iran nuclear deal is set to be officially adopted.
Administration officials have insisted, however, the launch does not violate the terms of the deal, which places limits on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling economic sanctions.