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U.S. To Raise Iran Missile Test Before UN As Sanctions Violation

A missile test announced by Iran over the weekend was an apparent violation of UN sanctions and Washington will raise the incident before the United Nations, the U.S. State Department said October 13.

Iran said it tested on October 11 a new ballistic missile named Emad, which appears to be Tehran's first precision-guided weapon with the range to strike Israel.

"We'll obviously raise this at the UN [Security Council] as we have done in previous launches," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

The test appeared to be a violation of UN Security Resolution 1929, which bans ballistic missile tests by Iran. The resolution remains in effect until sanctions are lifted under the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Once the deal takes effect, Iran still will be called upon not to undertake any ballistic missiles work designed to deliver nuclear weapons for a period of up to eight years.

The nuclear deal allows countries to transfer missile technology and heavy weapons to Iran on a case-by-case basis with council approval. But the United States has vowed to veto any transfer of missile technology to Iran.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP