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January 6, 2016 1:41 pm

State Deptartment Discusses New Sanctions Over Iran Missile Tests

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An Iranian missile in front of portrait of the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader.

An Iranian missile in front of a portrait of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader. Ali Khamenei. Photo: Iranian Government. – The US State Department on Tuesday said it is in discussions with American agencies over whether to impose sanctions against Iran for ballistic missile tests conducted Oct. 10. The Iranian tests had violated a UN Security Council resolution.

“We are fully prepared to use sanctions with respect to this most recent ballistic missile test (and) are still working through some technical issues there,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said, Reuters reported.

Kirby denied reports that State Department officials have halted plans to sanction Tehran. “There continues to be a robust inter-agency discussion about moving forward on sanctions,” he said, adding, “We don’t take sanctions advice or guidance from Iran or any other country.”

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