Iran test-launched a missile on its platform at a site 140 miles east of Tehran on Wednesday, the third such test since President Trump was elected last November.

Unlike previous launches, the missile that was tested on Wednesday was a short-range Mersad surface-to-air missile. Its effect was said to be felt 35 miles away, according to a Fox News report.

On Tuesday, U.S. officials said an ImageSat International photo from Feb. 3 showed a Safir missile had been prepped for launch from that same platform and later removed.

Iran has not launched this type of missile into space for two years, but the country recently has started test-launching ballistic missiles.

When the United Nations Security Council met last week to discuss Iran’s Sunday test-launching of a medium-range ballistic missile, military officials confirmed that the country also secretly tested another missile in early December.

Tehran fired a Shahab-3 on Dec. 6 at Semnan, though the missile’s destination is unknown. The intermediate range ballistic missile is modeled off a North Korean design and has a range of 800 miles. Officials said the test was likely in breach of U.N. Resolution 2231, which was signed after the Iran nuclear deal. It called for a stop to “any activity” related to ballistic missiles’ capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

On Jan. 29, the U.S. learned Iran had fired a ballistic missile one day earlier, making it the first apparent breach of the U.N. resolution. Satellite images showed Iran cleaning up the site and prepping for this Safir missile’s launch.

The UN Security Council met on Jan. 31 to discuss the incidents. The U.S. then issued new sanctions on Iran, though it is unclear whether the third missile launch was meant as an act of defiance to the sanctions or Trump administration.

Iran has carried out six known ballistic missile tests since the nuclear agreement and U.N. resolution took effect in 2015.

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