Maybe because that stupid treaty that Obama pushed through, the one with the ‘consequences’ if broken would keep us safe from a nuclear Iran just blew up in his face. Well so much for that. If you are like me, you’re wondering why we can’t get credible intelligence in a timely manner. It’s a good thing, I guess, that the missile test, in Iran, that took place, more than two weeks ago, wasn’t armed with a nuclear warhead. And btw, it was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead 1200 miles. Just thought I’d mention that, incase you might care about radical Islamic nations having nuclear bombs. And while Obama knew about the test, he didn’t mention it in his speech to the American public on December 6th, as he tried to quell terrorist attack fears. The minor point of this story is that Iran is in violation of the UN resolution against test missiles. Oh well.
FOX News: Iran has carried out a new medium range ballistic missile test in breach of two United Nations Security Council resolutions, a senior U.S. official told Fox News on Monday.
Western intelligence says the test was held Nov. 21 near Chabahar, a port city in southeast Iran’s Balochistan province near the border with Pakistan. The launch took place from a known missile test site along the Gulf of Oman.
The missile, known as a Ghadr-110, has a range of 1,800 – 2000 km, or 1200 miles, and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The missile fired in November is an improved version of the Shahab 3, and is similar to the precision guided missile tested by Iran on Oct. 10, which elicited strong condemnation from members of the U.N. Security Council.
“The United States is deeply concerned about Iran’s recent ballistic missile launch,” Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., said in a statement after the last Iranian ballistic missile test in October.
President Obama mentioned the Iranian missile test during a press conference on Oct. 16 and said the United States was preparing to brief the U.N. sanctions committee. He added that it would not derail the nuclear deal.
“I think what we’ll be doing is we’ll review, as we have in the past, any violations of U.N. resolutions, and we’ll deal with them much as we have in the past,” Obama said of the October incident.
Iran appears to be in a race against the clock to improve the accuracy of its ballistic missile arsenal in the wake of the nuclear agreement signed in July.
Just days after Tehran and six world powers signed the nuclear accord that would curtail Iran’s nuclear program, the U.N. passed resolution 2231, which compels Iran to refrain from any work on ballistic missiles for 8 years. UNSCR 1929 was passed in 2010 and bans Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests.
The international community expressed its discontent with Iran’s October missile test, but it is not clear whether the latest test will elicit more sanctions.