Two months after the Iran Nuclear Deal was signed between by the United States and EU, Iran has thrown up the middle finger in President Obama’s face by defying sanctions related to Iran‘s missile program.
According to Reuters, on Tuesday Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test fired multiple ballistic missiles, at locations throughout the country, which is in direct violation of the U.S. sanctions on Iran’s missile program.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired several ballistic missiles from silos across the country on Tuesday, state television said, defying recent U.S. sanctions on its missile program.
The test happened two months after the United States sanctioned businesses and individuals linked to Iran’s missile program over a test of the medium-range Emad missile carried out in October 2015.
Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s aerospace arm, said sanctions would not stop Iran developing its ballistic missiles, which it regards as a cornerstone of its conventional deterrent.
“Our main enemies are imposing new sanctions on Iran to weaken our missile capabilities… But they should know that the children of the Iranian nation in the Revolutionary Guards and other armed forces refuse to bow to their excessive demands,” the IRGC’s website quoted Hajizadeh as saying.
That last paragraph, the one with the quote from IRGC Briagier General Amir Ali hajizadeh, that paragraph is disturbing as fuck. Essentially this general in charge of missiles attached to Iran’s nuclear program is saying ‘I don’t give a flying fuck what the world says, I’m going to make sure we have functioning nuclear missiles and if you don’t like it you can come at me bro’…. I’m paraphrasing here of course, but that’s the message I got from his quote.
So what’s next? Let’s take a look at more from the Reuters report:
The state-run Press TV had earlier shown footage of the Emad missile, Iran’s most advanced model under development, being fired. That footage, however, appeared to be of the earlier October launch that triggered the US sanctions.
The United Nations said the October test, which took place after Iran reached a nuclear deal with world powers in July, violated Security Council Resolution 1929 that barred Iran from undertaking any work on nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.
That resolution expired when the nuclear deal was implemented in January, but a new resolution then came into force under which Iran is “called upon” not to undertake any work on missiles “designed to” deliver nuclear weapons.
Iran always denied any link between its ballistic missiles and its disputed nuclear program, which is now subject to strict limitations and checks under the nuclear deal that came into force in January.
So they’ve got a general saying ‘fuck you, we’re going to do whatever we want’ but the state-run media and rest of the government is all ‘oh hell nah, these two weren’t connected at all. Either way, things are about to get HEATED.
For more on this developing story you can CLICK HERE to read the Reuters report in full over on Business Insider.