US officials said that Iran test-launched a mid-range ballistic missile earlier this week in defiance of the Trump administration, which has warned the country to curb its missile program.

The test-launch was said to have taken place completely within Iran’s borders and did not pose a threat to American shipping or military bases. 

The test came amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West, mainly regarding the safety of commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

The White House said in a brief statement that it was aware of reports of a projectile launched in Iran but officials declined to comment further. 

Tensions have mounted with Iran over a 2015 nuclear accord it reached with world powers. The deal eased sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program. 

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