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In this photo released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), a long-range S-200 missile is fired in a military drill in the port city of Bushehr, on the northern coast of Persian Gulf, Iran, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2016. An Iranian general said Wednesday that his country's air defenses have warned off several fighter jets and drones during an ongoing military drill. Iranian air defense units began an exercise involving 17,000 personnel stationed over 496,000 square kilometers (190,000 square miles) in southern Iran on Monday. (Amir Kholousi, ISNA via AP)

Iran insists its ballistic missile test didn't violate Obama's nuclear deal


Iran test-fired a new ballistic missile on Sunday, but it claimed the test did not violate its nuclear deal with the U.S. or a U.N. resolution, Reuters reported.

Iran had test-fired ballistic missiles since signing its nuclear deal with the U.S. in 2015, but this marked the first test during President Trump's administration.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley condemned the test.

"The recent test was in line with our plans and we will not allow foreigners to interfere in our defense affairs," Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said, according to Reuters. "The test did not violate the nuclear deal or U.N. resolution."

The U.N. Security Council resolution sought to restrict Iran's work on ballistic missiles designed to carry a nuclear payload, but stopped short of requiring it.

Iran has one of the largest missile programs in the Middle East, but its effectiveness has limited by poor accuracy.

But Hossein Salami, deputy head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), contested this notion, saying Iran now has ballistic missiles capable of hitting moving objects like an enemy ship, drone, or incoming ballistic missile.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is against weapons of mass destruction, so its missile capability is the only available deterrence against enemy hostility.
Iran parliamentarians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the test and called it a "flagrant violation" of the U.N. resolution. He plans to ask Trump to renew sanctions against Iran during their meeting in February.

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