NEW LONG RANGE MISSILE DEMONSTRATES JCPOA'S SHORTCOMINGS
By United Against A Nuclear Iran
February 16, 2022
(New York, N.Y.) — Last week, in the midst of negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program, Iran unveiled a new long-range missile with a range of 1,450 kilometers.
This new part of Iran’s arsenal is a reminder that under U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), international restrictions on Tehran’s ballistic missile program will expire next year.
Iran has test-fired more than 30 nuclear-capable ballistic missiles since the July 2015 agreement netted Tehran billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions.
Iran has shown no signs of slowing the development of its ballistic missile program, which is inextricably intertwined with its nuclear program. The Iranian system has invested heavily in its missile and space programs and is making every effort to make them more efficient and operational.
The new Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-manufactured missile serves as yet another demonstration of the need for a stronger agreement that addresses the JCPOA’s shortcomings.
Given the exhibition of Iran’s increased ballistic missile capabilities, reentering the agreement would mean agreeing to a deal that permits Tehran to work openly and without fear of consequence to develop more precise missiles necessary for a nuclear program in just 20 months.
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