Iran tests missile, convicts journalist, holds prisoners, Obama still in love with Iran deal
DENVER—Iran’s test-fire of a new missile, conviction of a Washington Post journalist and continued holding of hostages, seem to have no impact on President Obama’s support for the Iran nuclear deal. Obama is scheduled this week to sign an executive order to meet the deadline established by his nuclear deal with Iran, which has been met with great criticism and resentment from onlookers of the unfolding and deteriorating situation.
“We are witnessing that after the Iran deal was forced on all of us, Iran is arming up and becoming more menacing, worse than before the deal. People are laughing at Bennet and Obama for believing their own lies that the deal will increase safety and security,” said Jonathan Lockwood, executive director of the non-partisan non-profit Advancing Colorado. “Iran is testing dangerous missiles, holding hostages and convicting journalists, but Obama is doubling down on his suicidal foreign policy. No one watching this unfolding situation is happy about it and Coloradans are angry that Sen. Michael Bennet supported the dangerous deal with Iran.”
According to the New York Post, this week, Obama is scheduled to sign an executive order to meet the Oct. 15 “adoption day” he set for the controversial nuclear deal. According to the president’s timetable the next step would be “the start of implementation,” marked on the calendar for Dec. 15.
This executive order comes after Iran test-fired a long-range missile called the “Emad” on Sunday. The State Department said it would take “appropriate actions” at the United Nations if the move violated U.N. Security Council resolutions, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The New York Times explained, that the missile, “is a step up from Iran’s Shahab-3 missiles because it can be guided toward its target, the Iranian defense minister, Hossein Dehghan, told the semiofficial Fars news agency.”
Additionally, Iran convicted Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian on espionage. The decision to convict Rezaian of an unidentified crime is considered by some lawmakers as further proof the landmark international deal is plagued with flaws.
From The Hill:
“In addition to Rezaian, Iran has also imprisoned Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and former Marine Amir Hekmati. CIA contractor Robert Levinson went missing eight years ago, and Iran is believed to have knowledge of his whereabouts.”
“Instead of equipping a theocratic madman with arms, weapons and cash, and ICBMs to pursue his lethal agenda, we should be demanding Iran be on its best behavior, release the hostages they are holding and cease their terrorist activities. Iran should not be receiving a dime until they comply,” concluded Lockwood.
Legislation was introduced, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, prohibiting sanctions relief for Iran until it pays the court-ordered damages it owes to victims of terrorism.
Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, has accumulated a debt of $43.5 billion in unpaid damages through more than 80 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) cases over the last 15 years, according to the Congressional Research Service.