The White House said it would not rule out additional steps against Iran over the test of the medium-range Emad rocket.  

The Security Council's Panel of Experts on Iran said in a confidential report, first reported by Reuters, that the launch showed the rocket met its requirements for considering that a missile could deliver a nuclear weapon.

Diplomats said the rocket test on Oct 10 was not technically a violation of the July nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, but the UN report could put US President Barack Obama's administration in an awkward position.

Iran has said any new sanctions would jeopardise the nuclear deal. But if Washington failed to call for sanctions over the Emad launch, it would likely be perceived as weakness.   

The panel's report was dated last Friday and went to members of the Security Council's Iran sanctions committee in recent days. The report came up on Tuesday when the 15-nation council discussed the Iran sanctions regime.
Iran's UN mission did not respond to a request for comment. In October, Tehran disputed the Western assessment that the missile was capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. The panel noted that Iranian rocket launches from 2012 and 2013 also violated the UN ban on ballistic missile tests.

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