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January 30, 2017

Iran’s medium-range ballistic missile trial reportedly fails

Iran's attempt to launch a medium-range ballistic missile near the city of Semnan has reportedly failed, according to the US and Israeli officials.

By Srivari Aishwarya

Iran's attempt to launch a medium-range ballistic missile near the city of Semnan has reportedly failed, according to the US and Israeli officials.

During the test firing, the missile exploded after travelling 630 miles, according to media sources.

The missile did not pose a threat to the US or its allies in the region, CNN reported citing the US military.

"No longer will Iran be given a pass for its repeated ballistic missile violations, continued support of terrorism, human rights abuses and other hostile activities that threaten international peace and security."

Commenting on the missile launch, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said: "We're looking into that.

"We're aware that Iran fired that missile.

"We're looking into the exact nature of it, and I'll try to have more for you later.”

US Senator Bob Corker has condemned the latest missile launch carried out in Iran, as it violates Iran's international commitments.

The UN Security Council Resolution 2231 prohibits Iran's use of ballistic missiles that are designed to deliver nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.

Corker added: “No longer will Iran be given a pass for its repeated ballistic missile violations, continued support of terrorism, human rights abuses and other hostile activities that threaten international peace and security.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration to hold Iran accountable for this and other violations while ensuring radical enforcement of existing restrictions on its nuclear programme.”

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