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    Iran Tests Ballistic Missiles

    FILE - This photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, claims to show the launching of an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile in an undisclosed location. Iran said the latest tests show the country's "deterrent power" and readiness to confront threats.
    FILE - This photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, claims to show the launching of an Emad long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile in an undisclosed location. Iran said the latest tests show the country's "deterrent power" and readiness to confront threats.
    VOA News

    Iran said Tuesday it conducted ballistic missile tests at several sites across the country in order to show its "deterrent power" and readiness to confront threats.

    The tests come two months after the United States imposed new sanctions against five Iranian nationals and a network of companies with links to banned missile activity.

    Iran defended two previous missile tests last October as being a matter of national security after the U.S. and other Western powers said the launches violated a U.N. Security Council resolution.

    US reaction

    The U.S. State Department said it plans to ask the United Nations Security Council to review Iran's latest tests and "press for an appropriate response."

    "We also continue to aggressively apply our unilateral tools to counter threats from Iran’s missile program," the State Department said.

    But State also acknowledged that the missile tests are not prohibited by Tehran's agreement with six world powers, including the United States, to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions that hobbled its economy.  That deal was meant to address concerns that Iran was working on nuclear weapons, which it has always denied.

    Secretary Kerry poses for a group photo with fellow EU, P5+1 foreign ministers and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif after reaching Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015.
    Secretary Kerry poses for a group photo with fellow EU, P5+1 foreign ministers and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif after reaching Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015.

    With the implementation of the nuclear pact in January, a new U.N. resolution calls on Iran to not "undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology."

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    by: Alice from: Canada
    March 08, 2016 10:19 AM
    Iranian's brutal dictatorship is laughing at the gullible Obama administration. The delusional US government really believes that Ayatollah run Iran will not continue with is nuclear bomb program or its long range missile program! Iran will use those weapons when they are ready and their targets could be anybody. It appears there is only one way to stop the fanatics in control of Iran and that is militarily. The US could take out Iran's nuclear program in a day but instead quivers in its boots from fear. Madness.
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    by: Shawn from: Canada
    March 08, 2016 1:53 PM
    It's not as simple as you're making it out to be. The US could try to destroy Iran's nuclear program which is spread out to hundreds of various sites throughout Iran and Iran could respond by launching thousands of missiles at US bases, potentially killing hundreds of US servicemen, and the US navy in the Persian Gulf.

    Iran could also launch hundreds of missiles at Israel through it's Hezbollah proxies in Lebanon. Realistically Iran already has the capability to strike at Israel and even Europe but their missile program is based on deterrence and defence. Iran has not attacked another country for over 250 years.. the US on the other hand, there's Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan just in the last 15 years... you should ask yourself, who's the real threat to world peace ?

    by: Ricardo from: Brazil
    March 08, 2016 9:13 AM
    The development of nuclear technology is becoming public domain gradually, and in a few decades will be possible to obtain on the Google website all information needed to build and launch a long-range atomic missile.

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