- - Sunday, March 13, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Sunday that Iran could face additional sanctions from Europe in response to recent ballistic missile tests that are in violation of United Nations sanctions and the nuclear agreement signed last year with the Islamic Republic.

“If necessary, sanctions will be taken,” reported AFP on the minister’s remarks made after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

American U.N. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers said the tests were “deeply disturbing” and called on the U.N. Security Council to discuss the missile tests, calling them “provocative and destabilizing.” Mr. Kerry did not call for additional sanctions on the Islamic theocracy.

Perhaps the reason Mr. Kerry has not been vocal on the issue is due to comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday.

“World powers must take immediate punitive steps following the repeated gross transgressions by Iran in the matter of the rockets,” said the prime minister.

Mr. Netanyahu traveled to speak against the deal in front of the U.S. Congress last year and tensions between Israel and the Obama administration have been tense ever sense. Recently Mr. Netanyahu called off a meeting with President Obama and many analysts believe he is content to wait for the new American president to help ensure Israel’s security.

The rockets that were launched from Iran were emblazoned with the words, “Israel must be wiped out.” Perhaps the Obama adminstration doesn’t want to admit Mr. Netanyahu was right?

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