epa01453310 A handout picture released by the Fars News Agency shows the Safir Omid (Hope Envoy) satellite rocket before its lunch in a space station at an undisclosed location in Iran, 17 August 2008. Iran launched its domestically produced satellite rocket Safir Omid (Hope Envoy), on Sunday morning to mark the anniversary of birth of the 12th Shiite Imam al-Mahdi. It was the second test-launch and successfully prepared the ground for the launch of the main satellite in the future. A satellite rocket was first tested last February under the name Kavoshgar (Explorer) 1 upon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's direct order from a space centre in order to prepare for the launch of the Omid satellite. The report said that Ahmadinejad also made the countdown for the satellite carrier and termed the launching a great technological achievement for the Iranian nation. The ability to launch satellites into orbit may indicate progress in the Islamic republic's missile technology, which is another point of concern for Western countries worried by Iran's nuclear programme. EPA/FARS NEWS AGENCY/ HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

VIA| Iran has carried out a new medium range ballistic missile test in breach of two United Nations Security Council resolutions, a senior U.S. official told Fox News on Monday.

Western intelligence says the test was held Nov. 21 near Chabahar, a port city in southeast Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province near the border with Pakistan.  The launch took place from a known missile test site along the Gulf of Oman.

The missile, known as a Ghadr-110, has a range of 1,800 – 2000 km, or 1200 miles, and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The missile fired in November is an improved version of the Shahab 3, and is similar to the precision guided missile tested by Iran on Oct. 10, which elicited strong condemnation from members of the U.N. Security Council.

“The United States is deeply concerned about Iran’s recent ballistic missile launch,” Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., said in a statement after the last Iranian ballistic missile test in October.

President Obama mentioned the Iranian missile test during a press conference on Oct. 16 and said the United States was preparing to brief the U.N. sanctions committee. He added that it would not derail the nuclear deal.

“I think what we’ll be doing is we’ll review, as we have in the past, any violations of U.N. resolutions, and we’ll deal with them much as we have in the past,” Obama said of the October incident.

A senior administration official told Fox News on Monday the White House
was “aware” of reports of the missile test, but had “no further comment
at this time.”

Iran appears to be in a race against the clock to improve the accuracy of its ballistic missile arsenal in the wake of the nuclear agreement signed in July.

One day after Tehran and six world powers signed that nuclear accord, the UN passed resolution 2231, which compels Iran to refrain from any work on ballistic missiles for 8 years. UN Security Council Resolution 1929 was passed in 2010 and bans Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests.

The Security Council is still debating how to respond to Iran’s last test in October.