Iran Fires Missiles Stamped With Chilling Message
Iran showed the world once again that they have no interest in becoming a peaceful player in the international community, no matter how far Western leaders bend over backwards to appease them. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard fired two test missiles on Wednesday, both of them emblazoned with a message written in Hebrew: “Israel should be wiped from the pages of history.”
“The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 km is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iranian state-controlled media.
The tests drew sharp condemnation from Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, who said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was playing world leaders for fools. “To my regret there are some in the West who are misled by the honeyed words of part of the Iranian leadership while the other part continues to produce equipment and weaponry, to arm terrorist groups,” Yaalon said.
The provacation comes as Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with Israeli leadership in Jerusalem. Biden, appearing with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the U.S. remained committed to preventing Iran from procuring nuclear weaponry. “A nuclear-armed Iran is an absolutely unacceptable threat to Israel, to the region and the United States,” Biden said. “And I want to reiterate which I know people still doubt here. If in fact they break the deal, we will act.”
Iran is violating a UN Security Resolution with their continued testing of ballistic missile technology, but the launches do not specifically undermine the multinational nuclear deal that went into effect earlier this year. But Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, said Tuesday that the Islamic Republic was willing to scrap the deal.
“If our interests are not met under the nuclear deal, there will be no reason for us to continue,” Araqchi said. “If other parties decide, they could easily violate the deal. However, they know this will come with costs.”
Disturbingly, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the organization responsible for making sure that Iran stays in compliance with the terms of the agreement, told reporters this week that they were not allowed to publicly release details related to that compliance. Many critics, baffled by a recent IAEA report that was short on details, have questioned whether or not the agency even has full access to Iranian facilities.