Iran has once again used President Obama’s “very good” nuclear deal as an opportunity to test a ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
A senior U.S. official told Fox News on Monday that Iran tested its Ghadr-110 missile, which has a range of 1200 miles, on Nov. 21 near the port city of Chabahar. The move is in violation of resolution 2231 passed after this summer’s nuclear deal was agreed to with six world powers, and UNSCR 1929, which was passed in 2010.
Iran launched a similar missile on Oct. 10, even though Obama’s deal requires the nation to halt ballistic missile tests for eight years.
Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said the U.S. was “deeply concerned” after Iran’s October violation. Obama had assured Americans two months earlier of “powerful incentives” discouraging Iran from risking sanctions relief.
“If Iran violates the agreement over the next decade, all of the sanctions can snap back into place. We won’t need the support of other members of the U.N. Security Council; America can trigger ‘snapback’ on our own,” Obama told an audience at American University in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5. “We built a coalition and held it together through sanctions and negotiations, and now we have before us a solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, without resorting to war. As Americans, we should be proud of this achievement.”
News of Iran’s latest violation of U.N. regulations comes less than three weeks after the State Department confirmed Obama’s deal is a “political” commitment only, WND reported.
Julie Frifield, an assistant secretary for legislative affairs in the State Department, told Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., in a letter dated Nov. 19 that Obama’s agreement “is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document.”
“The Obama administration has taken this position at least in part to avoid rendering the deal unconstitutional. If it were a legally binding international agreement, it would require ratification by the Senate, or at least some form of congressional approval, which it currently does not have and is unlikely to get in the future,” George Mason University law professor Ilya Somin wrote for the Washington Post Dec. 1.
Fox’s source said it was unclear if Iran’s missile test would result in new sanctions.