- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 2, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

After signing a nuclear “deal” with world powers which allows the Islamic Republic of Iran to eventually get nuclear weapons in a period of years, today Iran said its priority is to increase its missile power, and export these weapons to clients in the Middle East, to further threaten Israel and American allies in the region.

Iran’s new defense minister, General Amir Hatami, was quoted by the ISNO news agency in a speech and said, “In combat fields, especially in missiles, we have a specific plan to boost Iran’s missile power,” reported AFP.

“God willing, the combat capabilities of Iran’s ballistic and cruise missiles will increase in this term,” he added.

Hatami also place priority on exporting weapons to its clients and militias in the Middle East: “Wherever a country becomes weak, others become encouraged to raid it… Wherever necessary, we will export weapons to increase the security of the region and countries, to prevent wars.”

The comments are especially provocative as the Trump administration recently levied additional sanctions against Iran for violating the spirit of the nuclear agreement and U.N. resolutions by continuing to develop and test ballistic missiles.  

The Trump administration has grudgingly verified Iranian compliance with the agreement but is now studying as to whether to exit the nuclear “deal” and protect American security.

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