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March 8, 2016

Iran test launches ballistic missile violating UNSC resolution

The Iranian Defence Ministry has reportedly launched a successful ballistic missile from several silos located at different regions of the country as part of a military exercise.

The Iranian Defence Ministry has reportedly launched a successful ballistic missile from several silos located at different regions of the country as part of a military exercise.

Iranian state television broadcasted a three-minute clip that showed a missile silo at an underground base with a ballistic missile resembling Qiam 1.

The move is believed to be in violation of the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution that bans Iran’s missile-related proliferation and procurement activities.

"If it’s confirmed that this is what they, in fact, did, then we’ll have every intention of raising the matter to the UN Security Council."

The missiles launched during the exercises included the mid-range Shahab-1 and -2, and the multiple warhead Qiam, with a range of 800km, and the liquid-fuelled Qadr F, reported Associate Press.

The test, which was conducted as part of Iran’s efforts to boost its defence capabilities, demonstrated its ‘deterrence power’, and indicated operational readiness of the Iranian Air Force in defending the country’s airspace.

Iran Revolutionary Guard chief general Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted by the news agency as saying: "Israel is afraid of the missile launch since it is in range of most of our missiles.

"Naturally, whoever has hostility towards Iran is in fear.

"Our enemies have learned that increasing sanctions and security pressures have no (negative) impact on boosting of our capabilities."

US state spokesperson John Kirby said: "We’re not in a position to confirm that is, in fact, what happened.

"We’ve seen these reports and we’re trying to get more information about it.

"If it’s confirmed that this is what they, in fact, did, then we’ll have every intention of raising the matter to the UN Security Council.

"We’re also going to encourage a serious review of the incident or incidents and press for an appropriate response.

In October, Iran test-fired a new guided long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile.

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