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EU: Iran's Missile Tests Didn't Breach Nuclear Deal

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BRUSSELS -- EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said the bloc is not considering sanctions against Iran over its recent ballistic-missile tests, saying they were not a violation “as such” of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

“If there is a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, this should be discussed in the appropriate UN bodies," Mogherini said on March 14 after meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

However, Mogherini warned that last week's missile tests, which Tehran insists were not aimed at developing a nuclear capability, could raise tensions in the region.

A UN resolution that endorsed the July 2015 nuclear agreement calls on Iran to refrain from developing ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Mogherini announced earlier that she plans to go to Iran next month to build on the nuclear deal.

Earlier, Russia said it opposes imposing UN sanctions on Iran over its recent ballistic-missile tests.

Asked on March 14 if Iran should face Security Council sanctions for the missile tests, Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said: "The clear and short answer is no."

Churkin said Iran was not in violation of a UN resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and six major powers in July 2015.

With reporting by AFP and Reuters