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Iran Tested Missile in Breach of UN Resolutions

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FILE - This photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry, Oct. 11, 2015, claims to show the launching of an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile in an undisclosed location.

FILE - This photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry, Oct. 11, 2015, claims to show the launching of an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile in an undisclosed location.

U.S. media reports said Iran has tested a new medium-range ballistic missile in defiance of two United Nations Security Council resolutions.

U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told media outlets the test was held November 21, and they say the missile traveled within Iranian territory.

Fox News cited intelligence sources as saying the test was held near Chabahar, a port city near Iran's border with Pakistan.

In October, Iran tested a long-range ballistic missile, drawing condemnation from the U.N. Security Council. The Council is still debating how to respond to that test.

Following that earlier missile test, the White House said there were "strong indications" that Tehran "did violate U.N. Security Council resolutions that pertain to Iran's ballistic missile activities."

However, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said those violations are "entirely separate" from the historic nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers.

Under that deal, reached in July, most sanctions against Iran will be lifted in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

The United Nations passed a resolution this year that calls on Iran to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.

The U.N. Security Council also banned all ballistic missile tests by Iran under a 2010 resolution.

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