Iran tests medium-range ballistic missile, Pompeo says

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"Three days later, they test launched another medium range ballistic missile". "No UN Security Council resolution has banned Iran's missile program or missile tests", Qassemi said.

France and Britain maintain that missile launches are inconsistent with the UN resolution that endorsed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, while the United States has taken a harder stance and views them as an outright violation.

"We have been warning the world for some time that we are accumulating risk of a regional conflict if we do not deter Iran's missile testing and proliferation", he said.

The launch itself did not appear to determine any capabilities that the U.S. was not aware of and it did not pose a direct threat, according to a defense official directly familiar with the initial data from the launch. Francois Delattre said the test firing was "inconsistent" with United Nations resolutions, but he did not go so far as to say it was a violation.

The U.S. has said it is seeking to curb the Islamic Republic's influence in the region and its missile program, which Iran says is needed for self-defense.

On Sunday, Iran also unveiled its new domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, said: "Iran's missile programme has a defensive nature and no United Nations security council resolution has banned Iran's missile programme or missile tests".

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Tehran will "continue to both develop and test missiles", he also said, adding that such activity "is outside the framework of [nuclear] negotiations and part of our national security, for which we will not ask any country's permission".

In this photo provided November 5, 2018, by the Iranian Army, a Sayyad 2 missile is fired by the Talash air defense system during drills in an undisclosed location in Iran.

US Strategic Command tracked the Iranian test using a satellite network that traces ballistic missile launches, a senior administration official told CNN.

Iran's military claims its missiles can reach 1,240 miles and warned said USA bases in Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as U.S. aircraft carriers patrolling the Gulf, were within range.

Iran said on Sunday it would continue missile tests to build up its defences and denied this was in breach of United Nations resolutions following USA allegations that Tehran had tested a new missile capable of carrying multiple warheads.

"This is another example of Iran's revolutionary foreign policy that is expansionist and destabilizing for the Middle East, when Iranian-backed Hezbollah is digging tunnels into another country beneath their borders", said U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook.

Russia, he said, is violating key arms control treaties and undermining the sovereignty of its neighbors, while Iran is flouting U.N. Security Council resolutions.

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