Iran tests Ghadr-110 ballistic missile, breaches UNSC resolution

Iran has successfully carried out test of medium range Ghadr-110 ballistic missile near the Chabahar, a port city in southeast of country along the Gulf of Oman.

The test was held in November 2015, but was disclosed by the western intelligence agencies in December 2015. With this Iran so far has  breached of two United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions which compels it to refrain from any work on ballistic missiles for 8 years.

Key facts

  • Ghadr-110 ballistic missile is an improved and advance version of Shahab 3 missile which is similar to the precision guided missile that was tested by Iran in October 2015.
  • It has a range of 1,800 –2000 km and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead as well as conventional warheads.

Missile test ban

  • Currently under the 2010 UNSC resolution all ballistic missile tests have been banned in Iran until a nuclear deal between Iran and P5+1 nations is implemented.
  • Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) reached on July 2015 between Iran and P5+1 nations most sanctions on Iran were lifted in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
  • But the deal had refrained Iran from working on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.

P5+1 nations: It is group of six world powers which had joined together in 2006 to reach diplomatic efforts with Iran with regard to its nuclear program. The term P5+1 refers to the UNSC five permanent members China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States plus Germany.

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