WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is accusing Iran of violating U.N. sanctions with a recent ballistic missile test -- but President Barack Obama says that doesn't mean it was a mistake to enter into a nuclear deal with Iran.
He told reporters today that the nuclear deal was never intended to resolve the other range of issues where the U.S. and Iran have significant differences -- including ballistic missiles.
And Obama says the U.S. will keep making it clear to Iran that there are costs for its bad behavior. But he says those efforts wouldn't have been any more effective without the nuclear accord.
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, said today that after reviewing available information, the United States has confirmed that the medium-range ballistic missile launched by Iran last week was "inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon." She said this violated a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted five years ago that imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Iran.