The latest assessment says U.S. Intelligence picked up no indication of a missile launch in the days surrounding the reported test.
Q: Trump's administration officials including Nikki Haley accuse Iran of destabilizing the region and relate the issue to the nuclear deal, while these issues have nothing to do with the deal. The Iranians have said they're not interested in renegotiating the deal, and the other signatories - Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - aren't either.
The test comes at the end of a week of diplomacy at the UN General Assembly in NY, where Trump again accused Iran of destabilizing the Middle East, calling it a "rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos". Pyongyang, struggling under the heavyweight of economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the US, could obtain much-needed funds for nuclear and missile development from Iran.
French president Emmanuel Macron also said last week that "two or three pillars" should be added to the deal, including one that addresses what happens after caps on the country's nuclear program expire in several years.
All four ambassadors insisted that the nuclear portfolio remain separate from their other concerns about Iranian behavior, including its work on intercontinental ballistic missiles, its human rights abuses, its involvement in Syria and Yemen, and its support for terrorist networks worldwide. Statute 207 of INARA may be Trump's loophole out of the Iran nuclear deal, as it requires the president to certify that, "Iran is transparently, verifiably, and fully implementing the agreement, including all related technical or additional agreements".
"We agree that the demise of this agreement would be a major loss", David O'Sullivan, the European Union's envoy in Washington, said at an Atlantic Council panel discussion.
A besieged North Korea has also chosen to blackmail the world because it views this as profitable trade.
US President Donald Trump emulated Netanyahu, calling the Iranian government a "murderous regime" that exports "violence, bloodshed and chaos" in the Middle East.
There is growing speculation that Iran could be providing funds to North Korea and enabling the rogue nation to continue nuclear and missile development, despite a slew of heavy global economic sanctions.
A meeting with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov, was also on Zarif's agenda on Tuesday. After 15 years, many of Iran's nuclear activities will be unrestrained.
The United States and the worldwide community stand shoulder to shoulder in maintaining pressure on the Iranian regime until it fully addresses concerns about its nuclear program.
Zarif, however, noted that certification is not part of the deal and is only "the United States internal procedure".
And just as defiant, Iran has already said that if they ever felt that the agreement was under threat that they too would withdraw from the deal and go back to enriching uranium which the agreement is supposed to prevent.