>> Iran has confirmed that it tested a ballistic missile earlier this week, but the country's defense minister says that isn't a violation of the deal on Iran's nuclear program. Tehran says it hasn't carried out any work on missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads and is thus in compliance with the deal.
But the confirmation poses a challenge to new US President Donald Trump, who has vowed to stop Iran's missile program. Now the standoff will feed into mounting tension over the US travel ban, which hits Iran and six other Muslim majority countries. On Wednesday, Iran President Hassan Rouhani said the ban revealed Washington's true face.
> They have said for many years that they are against Iran's government, but behind its people. Now they have proved that their statements, which they've been making for years, to be utterly false. What they think in private and what they say in public are two different things.
Now the unique character of the new president has removed the mask of hypocrisy, and he is showing what they have in their hearts.>> Tehran says it will take legal and political steps to retaliate for the travel ban. Meanwhile, Washington says, expect a tough response to the missile test.
Whatever happens next, US-Iran relations again seem to be headed for crisis.