Introduction — April 29, 2018
America and its allies, especially Saudi Arabia and Israel, are engaged in a drive to reduce the supposed threat posed by Iran. This has involved sanctions and the assassination of some top Iranian scientists involved in missile and nuclear research programs.
However, the real objective wasn’t to prevent Iran from developing WMD but to reduce its ability to develop weapons with which to defend itself.
Although a number of top Iranian scientists were indeed assassinated that didn’t stop Tehran from developing some quite sophisticated military technology.
Local scientists helped develop advanced radar systems, anti-aircraft systems, torpedoes and cruise missiles, which were used against Sunni militants in Syria in 2017.
The strikes demonstrated conclusively that Iran now has the military technology to inflict harm on potential adversaries, like Israel and Saudi Arabia. It also means that any U.S. military action against Tehran could expect to meet some formidable resistance.
This is why the U.S. and its allies want to impose more sanctions on Iran. Not because it poses a threat but because with such weapons Iran presents an obstacle to the expansion of U.S./Israeli/Saudi plans in the region. Ed.
U.S. urges Europeans to impose sanctions on Iran missile program
Reuters — April 28, 2018
The United States is urging its European allies and others to impose sanctions on Iran to curb its missile program, calling it an international threat to peace and security.
“We are urging nations around the world to sanction any individuals and entities associated with Iran’s missile program, and it has also been a big part of discussions with Europeans,” Brian Hook, senior policy advisor to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, told reporters in Riyadh.
Hook, who is negotiating changes to the Iran nuclear deal with European allies, said Iran’s missile program would be a major topic in talks on Sunday between Pompeo and leaders from Saudi Arabia and Israel.