Not to be outdone by the flagrant defiance of Kim Jong Un, Iran has now begun work on nuclear missile upgrades – an activity explicitly illegal for the Persian nation.
In recent weeks, conflicts around the globe have seemingly escalated under the tension of a fresh, unconventional U.S. President. Russia’s probable complicity in Syrian chemical weapon attacks led to the first military action by President Trump, and the reverberations of that airstrike in Syria were quickly and clearly heard around the globe. North Korea began their saber rattling in earnest shortly after the one-night engagement in the Middle East, attempting, and failing, two ballistic missile launches.
Perhaps sensing a loss of status, or possibly seeing an opportunity to irk the United States’ President personally, Iran has added their hat to the ring of international action.
“Iran continues to make critical technological strides in its efforts to perfect an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons over great distances, efforts that violate international prohibitions, according to the director of national intelligence, who informed Congress this week that the Islamic Republic ‘would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons.’
“The disclosure comes just days after Iranian leaders announced the upcoming launch of two new domestically produced satellites. Iran has long used its space program as cover for illicit missile work, as the know-how needed to launch such equipment can be applied to long-range ballistic missile technology.
“Daniel Coats, America’s top spymaster, informed Congress this week in an intelligence briefing that Iran’s ballistic missile work continues unimpeded and could be used by the Islamic Republic to launch a nuclear weapon, according to unclassified testimony.”
Iran’s relationship with the United States, while historically strained, took a bizarre turn under the guidance of former President Barack Obama who capitulated the aggressive Middle Eastern nation foolishly, and hastily. Now, with nuclear delivery system upgrades being made in Iran, it looks as though those buzzards could be coming home to roost.