Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin is reporting that for the second time in recent months Iran has carried out ballistic missile tests. These tests are a violation of two different United Nations Security Council resolutions.
According to Griffin’s intelligence sources the most recent test “was held Nov. 21 near Chabahar, a port city in southeast Iran’s Balochistan province near the border with Pakistan. The launch took place from a known missile test site along the Gulf of Oman.”
The missile known as a Ghadr-110, has a range of 1,800 – 2000 km, or 1200 miles, and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The missile fired in November is an improved version of the Shahab 3, and is similar to the precision guided missile tested by Iran on Oct. 10, which elicited strong condemnation from members of the U.N. Security Council.
“The United States is deeply concerned about Iran’s recent ballistic missile launch,” Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., said in a statement after the October launch. “After reviewing the available information, we can confirm that Iran launched on October 10 a medium-range ballistic missile inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.”
The United States reaction to the October test was little more than nothing. President Obama showed little anger as not to upset the Iran nuclear deal. After all the P5+1 deal is sacrosanct because it provides Obama with his foreign policy legacy.
President Obama mentioned the Iranian missile test during a press conference on Oct. 16 and said the United States was preparing to brief the U.N. sanctions committee. He added that it would not derail the nuclear deal.
“I think what we’ll be doing is we’ll review, as we have in the past, any violations of U.N. resolutions, and we’ll deal with them much as we have in the past,” Obama said of the October incident.
Days after the U.S. and negotiating five partners signed the P5+1 crap sandwich also known as the Iran nuclear deal the U.N. passed resolution 2231, which bans Iran from any work on ballistic missiles for 8 years. An earlier resolution passed in 2010 (resolution 1929) bans the terrorist nation from testing ballistic missiles.
When he spoke from the Oval Office Sunday Obama correctly said, “As commander in chief, I have no greater responsibility than the security of the American people.”
This president’s lack of a strong reaction to the Iran missile tests is an indication Obamas actions do not match his words.
It was only after the U.S. Congress voted on the Iran deal did the American people find out that Iran’s acceptance of the agreement was an oral one. To this date they have not signed the agreement (nor they intend to) and their legislature have not voted on endorsing the deal. Iran President Rouhani said in announcing there would be no vote. “Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?”
Perhaps that is the reason for the lack of a strong reaction. Since this president has committed the U.S. to following the deal but Iran hasn’t what can Obama complain about? Any complaint will be an excuse for Iran to cancel the deal and deny Barack Obama his foreign policy legacy.