The White House is aware of Iranian officials’ conflicting reports that their country recently carried out a ballistic missile launch, spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday. Questions of whether a test occurred arose after Iranian news agencies provided conflicting reports. One Iranian news agency reported a precision-guided missile with a range of 1,240 miles was successfully tested two weeks ago, but on Monday the country’s defense minister denied a test of a missile with that range took place, Reuters reported. “So we’re still trying to get to the bottom of what exactly transpired,” Earnest told reporters. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook also said the Defense Department was aware of the reported tests, but could not confirm whether they actually occurred.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.