Guy wrote earlier this week about Iran possibly test firing a ballistic missile, which is in clear violation of international law, and the flawed nuclear agreement that was secured between Iran, the United States, and her allies. The missile was said to have a range of 800 miles. Yet, as former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton said at a Young America’s Foundation conference in Ohio recently, Iran has had the ability to deliver a nuclear payload to Israel for years. The program’s expansion is aimed to develop a capability to hit the United States. He also called for Secretary of State John Kerry to resign. Guy added that Kerry pretty much gave Iran the green light to violate certain parts of the deal without violating the whole arrangement, which would save the Obama administration from making a military judgment on the matter.
Alas, U.S. officials can now confirm that Iran tested a ballistic missile, and that was a bad, bad thing they did (via Reuters):
The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, in "clear violation" of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.
"The United States is deeply concerned about Iran's recent ballistic missile launch," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said in a statement.
"After reviewing the available information, we can confirm that Iran launched on Oct. 10 a medium-range ballistic missile inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon," she said. "This was a clear violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929."
The United States is preparing a report on the incident for the Security Council's Iran Sanctions Committee and will raise the matter directly with Security Council members "in the coming days," Power said.
Ballistic missile tests by Iran are banned under Security Council resolution 1929, which was adopted in 2010 and remains valid until a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers goes into effect. Under that deal, reached on July 14, most sanctions on Iran will be lifted in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
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