Iran fires another missile.
According to a Fox News report, a US official said the test on Wednesday was of a short-range surface-to-air missile, called Mersad, which impacted 56-kilometer (35 miles) away.
The test came on the same day US officials told Reuters that the White House was considering a proposal that could lead to naming Iran’s most powerful military and political institution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, as a terrorist organization.
The proposal is reportedly one of many being weighed as part of an overall Iran policy review, amid a tougher line on Tehran since the Trump administration came into office.
On Friday, Washington slapped sanctions on more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China, in response to Iran test-firing late last month a 4,000-kilometer (2,500-mile) ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, as well as a home-made cruise missile with the same capabilities, acts which prompted an emergency UN Security Council session and an Israeli demand by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reimpose sanctions.
Trump said last Thursday that “nothing is off the table,” when it came to a potential military response as House and Senate Republicans backed a more hard-line approach. Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, had in a press conference last week said Iran was “officially on notice” following the missiles tests, which the White House contends violate a UN Security Council resolution proscribing missiles that could carry a nuclear device.
UN Resolution 2231, which was passed shortly after the landmark nuclear deal with Iran was signed in July 2015, calls on Tehran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.” Iran argues that its ballistic missile program is also not covered by the resolution because it does not have a nuclear weapons program.
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