The deputy defense minister in Iran admitted this week that the country is hiding large caliber missiles in order to surprise its “enemies,” namely the United States.
“A lot of accomplishments cannot be revealed through the media, so we hide them,” Qassem Taqizadeh reportedly said before a Friday Prayer sermon in Mashhad.
There are many reasons why development is relevant – namely that tensions in the region are escalating as President Donald J. Trump continues to sanction Iran, crippling its economy. The United States pulled out of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal in large part because of the Iranian regime’s continued missile-building program.
But it also proves to Trump’s critics that leaving the deal was a fine decision. Obviously, Iran cannot be trusted to be honest about the weapons which they are building. Taqizadeh admitted as much. But the Obama administration essentially handed Iran billions of dollars in cash for the promise that it would cease building nuclear weapons, and give up on its nuclear aspirations. If that sounds like a dumb trade, that’s because it was.
Despite that, some of America’s alleged allies are desperate to cater to the whims of the brutal dictatorship, even offering to reinstate parts of the failed nuclear deal.
As we reported Thursday:
French President Emmanuel Macron, known internationally as a pushover and an empty suit, has vowed to work with Iran to reinstate some of the provisions of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal terminated by President Donald J. Trump in May of 2018.
“Iran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015 but it will not tolerate U.S. interference in the Gulf, its foreign minister said on Thursday,” according to Radio Farda. “In an effort to prop up the agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron offered on Wednesday to either soften sanctions on Iran or provide a compensation mechanism ‘to enable the Iranian people to live better’ in return for full compliance with the pact.”
The problem with the pact, of course, is that Iran cannot be trusted to comply. In fact, on the very day that Macron offered to soften sanctions, Iran debuted a long-range, surface-to-air missile air defense system, which it says it built, showing signs of aggression.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that he will visit Paris on Friday and discuss the deal with Macron personally.
“There are proposals on the table, both from the French and the Iranian side, and we are going to work on those proposals tomorrow,” he reportedly said.
On June 20, Iran shot down a U.S. drone, over which the war-hawks in Trump’s administration were prepared to go to war. Trump, who has openly stated his anti-interventionism, personally cancelled a retaliatory strike.
Iran has continued to behave poorly, acting aggressively in the Strait of Hormuz, through which much of the world’s oils supply travels. Meanwhile, the United States, United Arab Emirates, and Israel are all reportedly working together to contain Iran’s aggression.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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