TEHRAN: Iran has test-fired a medium-range missile, a U.S. military official said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Iran fired a Shahab-3 missile Wednesday that did not threaten shipping or U.S. military bases in the area.
The projectile flew about 1,100 kilometers across Iran after it was launched from Iran’s southern coast and landed east of the capital of Tehran.
The official said the U.S. had been closely watching the Iranian test site as it prepared for the launch.
The test came as tensions in the region have further heightened following recent attacks on tankers and drones that prompted a U.S. call for allies to protect area shipping lanes.
Iranian missile launches are not violations of the 2015 nuclear deal agreed to by the U.S., Iran and other world powers, a sore point for U.S. President Donald Trump.
A United Nations Security Council resolution, however, calls on Iran not to engage in activities related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.