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Report: Iran conducted secret missile test in December

ran conducted a secret missile launch in early December, two U.S. military officials told Fox News on Tuesday.

The news comes one day after it was revealedthat Iran conducted a ballistic missile test on Sunday at a well-known test site outside the city of Semnan, approximately 140 miles east of Tehran.

On December 6, nearly a month after the United States presidential election, Tehran fired a Shahab-3, an intermediate-range ballistic missile based on a North Korean design, capable of flying 800 miles, according to Fox News.

Iran previously conducted two Shahab-3 missile tests last March, coinciding with a visit by former Vice President Biden to Israel.

The December launch appeared to mark another breach of UN Resolution 2231, which forbids the Islamic Republic from conducting such tests.

The Shahab-3 was launched as part of a military exercise, one official told Fox News. It is not immediately clear where the missile traveled, but the launch was deemed successful.

The December test launch also occurred at Semnan, officials noted.

UN resolution 2231 bars Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years and went into effect on July 20, 2015, days after Iran and six world powers agreed to the landmark nuclear deal in Vienna. READ MORE