Iran: Missile Tests Not Violation of Nuclear Deal

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A ballistic missile is launched and tested in an undisclosed location in Iran, in this handout photo released by the official site of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Tuesday. (Reuters/sepahnews.com/Handout via Reuters)

Iran said on Thursday that its test-firing of ballistic missiles, designed to be able to hit Israel, was not a violation of a landmark nuclear deal reached in 2015 with six major powers, state media quoted a senior official as saying.

“Iran’s missile program and its test-firing of missiles in the past days during a military drill are not against its nuclear commitments and the nuclear deal reached with the six powers,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi-Ansari.

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired several ballistic missiles on Tuesday and Wednesday, state media reported. The tests are seen as a challenge to a United Nations resolution and the nuclear deal.