The White House says it will not stand in the way of sanctions against Iran, following the release of a United Nations report that said its October missile test violated a UN ban. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Obama administration would not rule out taking additional steps over an Iranian missile test if security officials determined they would benefit U.S. national security, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday (December 15). Asked about the possibility of imposing sanctions against Iran over the October missile test, Earnest told reporters President Barack Obama would not stand in the way if U.S. officials deemed such measures useful. "This is something that we've been concerned about for a while and we consider this to be a serious matter that undermines regional stability and that's precisely why the United States has raised this issue and pressed it so aggressively before the Security Council," Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing. The statements from the White House come as a UN report declares Iran's October missile test was in violation of the UN ban. The medium-range Emad rocket that Iran tested was a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, which makes it a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, a team of sanctions monitors said in a confidential new report. The U.N. report could put President Barack Obama's administration in an awkward position, since Iran has said that any new sanctions would jeopardize a July 14 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers. But Earnest told reporters President Obama would not stand in the way of any necessary sanctions.