Is This Proof Obama Errs In Iran Nuclear Deal?

Is This Proof Obama Errs In Iran Nuclear Deal?
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Iran unveiled a new underground missile facility that has the Emad precision-guided missiles. Such missiles can carry nuclear warheads. Was this strong enough proof that the Obama administration committed a mistake when it signed the Iran nuclear deal? Or was this further proof that the government is becoming weak to Iran?


The speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani, was seen in a video touring an underground missile facility. The depot had Emad precision-guided missiles, according to Reuters. In October 2015, Iran had test-fired such missile. At the time, the U.S. was specific that the Emad is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Furthermore, a 2010 U.S. Security Council resolution also prohibited Emad missiles. According to Reuters, the unveiling of the new missile facility would likely annoy the U.S. since it’s only months away from the implementation day of the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran, on the other hand, was adamant: their missile program is not included in the nuclear deal. “We don’t ask for anyone’s permission for boosting our defense and missile power; we resolutely continue our defense programs, especially in the missile field,” General Hossein Dehghan, Iran’s defense minister, said as quoted by Vice News.

This is where the conflict on Iran nuclear deal took place. As explained by Anthony Cordesman, expert on Iran’s military technology at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, there is no specific and special distinction between a missile that can carry a nuclear warhead and the typical missile. “Once a missile design is complete you can always change the warhead,” he said.

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Emily Landau, head of arms control and regional security program at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, said Iran is taking advantage of the technicalities of the Iran nuclear deal. “Iran is testing the resolve of the international community. We have a bizarre situation where we have a nuclear deal, and then we have a Security Council resolution that says something else. They aren’t in sync,” Landau said.

John Kirby, spokesman for the Department of State, admits that the administration was stalled by some technical issues and could not immediately impose sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missiles. Asked whether the government is turning weak to Iran and has actually been warming ties, Kirby said, “There’s absolutely no soft-pedaling with respect to Iran and their destabilizing activities. There’s no queasiness here in the United States about holding Iran accountable for their destabilizing activities in the region.” He added, “The message to anyone thinking that the United States is somehow becoming weak on Iran or soft-kneed, our message would be that is absolutely false and not true. We still have a very strong, very robust military presence in the region.”

The unveiling of the new Iran underground missile depot came in the wake of heightened tension with Saudi Arabia. As Morning News USA previously reported, the situation got more alarming when Russia, China and the U.S. were dragged into the conflict. The situation could further shape a looming World War 3.

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