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On Wednesday, Bloomberg Politics reported that Iran was preparing to go on a international weapons “shopping spree”.  After the expiration in 2020 of a United Nations resolution prohibiting it from acquiring sophisticated weapons, Iran will be looking to aquire surface warships, submarines and anti-ship missiles, according to the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence.

In a paper published on Tuesday, two experts for the Begin-Sadat Center, Lt. Col. (ret.) Dr. Refael Ofek and Lt. Col. (ret.) Dr. Dany Shoham, wrote that if Iran “is unwilling to lose years to the freeze on its military nuclear program,” it is likely exploiting its military ties with North Korea to advance its progress to a nuclear weapon.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went before Congress two years ago, to denounce President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. The deal, he said, “could well threaten the survival of my country and the future of my people.”

The manner in which the Iran Nuclear Deal was structured makes it easy cover up Iranian violations, according to comments made by Texas senator Ted Cruz.  He says that  this may make it impossible to rigorously enforce the agreement in the way Trump administration officials have suggested. 

By INU Staff 
INU - Tensions appear to be escalating between Iran and several of its traditional adversaries, including those with which relations had supposedly improved in recent years. In the case of nations like Turkey, the Islamic Republic has pursued practical economic dealings in spite of the implicit tensions created, for instance, by their backing of opposing factions in the Syrian Civil War. Naturally, the Iranians have also sought increased economic contacts with Europe in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The agreement has also opened up some prospects with US companies, but Tehran’s longstanding anti-Western rhetoric has not moderated during this time.

It has been noted frequently at Iran News Update that the Iran regime’s anti-American rhetoric only seemed to intensify in the wake of the nuclear agreement that was spearheaded by President Obama. Verbal rhetoric was sometimes backed up by action, as in the case of the several ballistic missile launches that were carried out in the months following the completion of nuclear negotiations. Now that rhetoric and those behaviors have continued into the era of the Trump administration, but the change in American leadership has contributed to the expectation of a much stronger Western response to these activities.

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