- - Sunday, December 20, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

If we are waiting for a response from the United Nations or the United States to Iran’s missile-launch tests, I would suggest we stop holding our breath. Instead of a measurable response by the United Nations in reply to the violation of the U.N.-approved sanctions against Iran for its continued long-range-missile program, the result has effectively been a tap on the wrist.

It is now obvious that no matter how major the flaunting of the wording or spirit of the current Iran accord and previous U.N.-imposed bans, there will be no consequences for Iran, and the economic sanctions against it will in fact be lifted to the extent permissible. Certainly the lies by Iran, both about its nuclear program and the renewed long-range-missile testing, should have brought a strong reaction from the negotiating nations as well as the United Nations. Instead we see the representatives of the various nations, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, dismissing real concerns about the continuation of the nuclear and long-range-missile program.

Evidently, the accord was not designed to stem the aggression of Iran, either militarily or terror-wise, but only to enhance the credentials of our representatives for future Nobel Peace prizes.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring

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