Ignoring US warning, Iran tests new missile
23 Sep 2017
According to Iran's state media, Iran has successfully tested a new medium-range missile though the US had warned that it may cancel the nuclear deal if this is done.
The launched Khorramshahr missile, which was displayed at Tehran's military parade, can carry multiple warheads and can travel up to 2,000 kms.
With this range, the missile can reach Israel and Saudi Arabia.
What is the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal?
In 2015, US had signed an agreement with UK, France, Russia, China, Germany and the EU wherein limits were put on Iran's nuclear program, but it was allowed to enrich uranium for domestic purposes.
Trump has been objecting the deal
The nuclear deal is valid for about 10-15 years following which Iran can restart its nuclear program.
Thus, Trump's objection is that the nuclear deal delays but does not prevent Iran's nuclear program.
Trump wants to get Iran's ballistic missiles program under its ambit.
He also wants to negotiate on accessing restricted military sites and Iran's influence in the Middle East.
Who else is against the deal?
The Gulf Arab monarchies and Israeli right-wing are against the deal. Israeli PM Netanyahu has criticized the deal asking Trump to pull out. Israeli intelligence and military suggest that Iran has not violated any agreement and pulling out of the deal may backfire.
What are the future possibilities?
Attacking Trump, Iran's Rouhani said, "We will strengthen our defence and military capabilities ... whether you want it or not"; he said Trump is looking for "an excuse" to pull out.
From the US perspective, if Trump does not re-certify the bill, Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to re-impose the sanctions.
It is unclear which side will the Republican-controlled Congress tilt.
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