N. Korea fires short-range missile into Sea of Japan – report


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Just days prior to that launch, Pyongyang carried out a ballistic missile test, firing two rockets into the sea.

Both Russia and China have criticized North Korea, saying they do not recognize its nuclear ambitions, and that leader Kim Jong-Un should listen to the UN Security Council’s demands to return to the negotiation table.

However, both Moscow and Beijing agree that rising tensions on the Korean peninsula should not give the US a pretext to deploy a missile shield in the region.

Earlier this month, the “robust” new US-imposed sanctions, blocking businesses from any dealings with North Korea, in an attempt to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear tests.

In a March 2 vote, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved one of the toughest sets of sanctions yet targeting North Korea.

The restrictions include the mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering the communist state by land, sea or air, and banned all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang. The UN punishment stipulates the expulsion of those diplomats from the North who engage in “illicit activities.” 

https://www.rt.com/news/337557-north-korea-missile-sea/

Iran test-fires missiles in defiance of US sanctions


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The Revolutionary Guard and the Iranian media did not specify which missiles were used in the test. The underground silos in Iran were first revealed to the public in October 2015, almost coinciding with the revelation of the Emad ballistic missile, and were said to be capable of firing “Iranian missiles of varying ranges.” Iranian news channel Press TV used archive footage of an October test of the Emad missile when reporting the Tuesday test.

The Emad missile is believed to be developed from Iran’s Shahab-3 missile. It is a liquid-propellant ballistic missile with a claimed range of 1,700km and a 750 kg payload. The missile’s primary improvement is said to be a better guidance system of the re-entry vehicle, reportedly reaching an accuracy of 500 meters.

The US will push for an “appropriate response” to Iran’s ballistic missile test by raising the issue in the UN Security Council, if the reports about the Tuesday test are confirmed, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told journalists.

“We’re aware of and following closely the reports that Iran has just conducted several ballistic missile tests,” he said, adding that such tests would not violate the nuclear deal signed by Iran and world powers in July 2015, Reuters reports.

At the same time, he added that the US will “continue to aggressively apply [its] unilateral tools to counter threats from Iran’s missile program.”

The test in October was condemned by the US and its allies, with Washington saying the missile was “inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon,” and that testing it violated UN Security Council Resolution 1929. Tehran denied the allegation, saying it has never tried to develop a nuclear weapon and hasn’t designed any of its missiles to carry one.

https://www.rt.com/news/334880-iran-ballistic-missile-test/

Iran test-fires missiles in defiance of US sanctions


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The Revolutionary Guard and the Iranian media did not specify which missiles were used in the test. The underground silos in Iran were first revealed to the public in October 2015, almost coinciding with the revelation of the Emad ballistic missile, and were said to be capable of firing “Iranian missiles of varying ranges.” Iranian news channel Press TV used archive footage of an October test of the Emad missile when reporting the Tuesday test.

The Emad missile is believed to be developed from Iran’s Shahab-3 missile. It is a liquid-propellant ballistic missile with a claimed range of 1,700km and a 750 kg payload. The missile’s primary improvement is said to be a better guidance system of the re-entry vehicle, reportedly reaching an accuracy of 500 meters.

The US will push for an “appropriate response” to Iran’s ballistic missile test by raising the issue in the UN Security Council, if the reports about the Tuesday test are confirmed, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told journalists.

“We’re aware of and following closely the reports that Iran has just conducted several ballistic missile tests,” he said, adding that such tests would not violate the nuclear deal signed by Iran and world powers in July 2015, Reuters reports.

At the same time, he added that the US will “continue to aggressively apply [its] unilateral tools to counter threats from Iran’s missile program.”

The test in October was condemned by the US and its allies, with Washington saying the missile was “inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon,” and that testing it violated UN Security Council Resolution 1929. Tehran denied the allegation, saying it has never tried to develop a nuclear weapon and hasn’t designed any of its missiles to carry one.

https://www.rt.com/news/334880-iran-ballistic-missile-test/

Iran launches ballistic missiles during military exercise


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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched several ballistic missiles in recent days as part of a military exercise showing off the rogue nation’s power, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

The missiles launched today appeared to have a short range of 180-250 miles, not viewed as the same threat as the November launch of medium-range ballistic missiles, first reported by Fox News late last year.

Today’s launch would not violate Iran’s nuclear deal signed with the U.S. but does breach a U.N. security council resolution, officials tell Fox News. That resolution bars Iran from working on any ballistic missiles

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/08/iran-launches-ballistic-missiles-during-military-exercise-despite-nuke-deal.html