TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has confirmed a recent ballistic missile test that was condemned by the United States.
The semi-official Fars news agency on Tuesday quoted Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh as saying the test was an “important one.” Hajizadeh, who leads the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division, said the American outcry “indicates that the test was very important to them.”
The U.S. seized on the missile test to urge European countries to follow its lead in restoring tough sanctions on Iran.
Under the 2015 nuclear accord, Iran was urged to cease its testing of ballistic missiles, but the agreement does not forbid such tests.
President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark agreement in May despite Iran’s continued compliance. European nations have been working to salvage the agreement, which curbs Iran’s uranium enrichment.