House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer chided the Obama administration for its decision to delay new Iran sanctions Saturday, in light of a recent alleged violation.

"I am disappointed that the Administration has delayed punitive action in response to Iran's recent ballistic missile tests," Hoyer, a Maryland Democratic Congressman said in a statement.

Hoyer's criticism made him one of the most senior Democrats to fault Obama administration on the move and represents an unsual break with the White House.

"The recent missile tests, along with the firing in proximity to a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, raise serious concerns about whether Iran will adhere to the remainder of its commitments [under the Iran deal]," Hoyer said.

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