Some lawmakers chanted, “death to America” as the bill was passed, according to state media.
There is no way to know how much money is truly being spent on missile and terror programs because the Iranian regime does not report funding for its military or for its paramilitary operations.
In response to the Trump administration’s levying of new economic sanctions and public statements promising to rip up the nuclear deal, President Rouhani was quoted as saying by the Iranian Students News Agency, “Anyone who harms the accord harms himself and his country,” he added, “everyone will side with us and against the person who wants to weaken it,” meaning the other signatories to the deal including Germany and France, which have expressed their support for its continuation.
This push follows North Korea’s push into launching ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, as well as intelligence reports that North Korea now possesses at least one nuclear device capable of being mounted on a missile, and North Korea’s threats to turn waters around the island of Guam and home to a sprawling U.S. naval base into a sea of fire with multiple missile strikes.
Iran got a head start on missile development through North Korea’s licensing of its missile technology the regime, who provided a source of cash to the North Korean regime, the most isolated and sanctioned nation in the world. Kim Yong Nam attended Rouhani’s swearing in ceremony last week, signaling that kingdom’s close ties with the Iranian regime.
David French explained in his article in the National Review, that the connections between North Korea and Iran extend beyond building a missile fleet together. The 1994 “Framework Agreement” between North Korea and the U.S. was very similar to the Iran nuclear deal. Like the Iran Deal, it sought to halt the pursuit of nuclear weaponry and bring that nation back into the “global community.” It also allegedly had enough safeguards to prevent cheating. French writes that, “Unfortunately, North Korea cheated. It maintained a secret uranium-enrichment program, and the deal collapsed soon after the Bush administration confronted the North Koreans with evidence of their noncompliance.” He points out that, given this history, the Iran Deal may have been the worst possible model, as it demonstrates that relying on “trust” to verify a nuclear agreement fails miserably when the regime in question can’t be trusted in the first place.
The belief that Iran would moderate its behavior with the nuclear deal passed have been proven false. The world must now live with the Iranian missile threat.