The New York Times is now reporting that only hours before the Iranian Parliament agreed to the terms of the July nuclear deal, Iran tested a new long-range guided ballistic missile which according to experts is a clear violation of the agreement. The original report came from the state controlled news agency IRNA, which explains that the test was conduct on Sunday despite sections included in the agreement barring Iran from developing missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads.
Tests of the missile which is known in Iran as the Emad (or pillar) are believed to be a direct violation of the agreement between the rogue nation and the six world powers that met in Vienna to develop the deal. Whether or not the test was in fact a violation of the deal rests on varying interpretations of the agreement.
The missile launch may have violated the terms of the agreement, reached in Vienna with six world powers. According to some readings of the deal, it placed restrictions on Irans ambitious missile program.
Experts have been debating the interpretation of a United Nations Security Council resolution, adopted a few days after the accord was agreed upon, that bars Iran from developing missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads.
… the country has invested heavily in its nuclear program and has produced missiles that can reach as far as Europe.
We dont seek permission from anyone to strengthen our defense and missile capabilities, Mr. Dehghan said.
Also on Sunday, members of Parliament voted in favor of a bill approving the generalities of the nuclear agreement, but they had been denied information on its details. State television broadcast the session using only audio and archived images of Parliament.
Leave it to the Obama Administration to knowingly make an ambiguous deal that is able to left open to interpretation… Meanwhile as world powers scramble to decide whether or not this is in fact a clear violation of the agreement, Iran will surely continue on their path to developing weapons capable of killing us all.