Iran’s sanction-breaching missile tests proving Iran deal-opponents right

Iran’s sanction-breaching missile tests proving Iran deal-opponents right


DENVER—Reports have come out indicating Iran has tested a new medium-range ballistic missile possibly breaching United Nations sanctions. U.S. officials say Tehran tested the nuclear-capable Ghadr-110 missile, which has a 1,200 mile-range.

This is the second time Iran has thumbed its nose at the world order by testing medium-range ballistic missiles. In November, Iran tested a beefed-up version of the Shahab 3, similar to the precision guided missile tested by Iran on Oct. 10. 

Iran is currently banned from carrying out these types of missile tests until the full implementation of the controversial nuclear deal arranged by President Barack Obama.

The UN passed resolution 2231 following the “signing” of the nuclear deal earlier this year. Resolution 2231 directs Iran to “refrain from any work on ballistic missiles for 8 years.” Resolution 1929, the resolution passed in 2010, bans Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests like the two recent events.

According to Reuters, the United States, Britain, France and Germany called for the Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee to “take action over a missile test by Tehran” earlier that month that the nations agreed violated sanctions. No action has been taken by that committee.

Advancing Colorado Executive DIrector Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement condemning “Iran pounding its chest,” stating:

“Since the Iran deal went into effect, everything we have seen is the opposite of the deal’s supporters’ promises. We have seen Iran emboldened, strengthened and increasingly brazen and more dangerous. Everything opponents of the deal, on both sides of the aisle, feared is being manifested. It is unnerving that our leaders are not taking the threat of a brave and nuclear Iran seriously, and that they continue to play politics with our safety.”