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Monday, August 24, 2015

Israel must call Obama on Iran's Fateh 313 missile

Iran has produced a new surface-to-surface missile - the Fateh 313 - which has pinpoint accuracy and a range of 500 kilometers (about 310 miles). This is from the description in Iran's government-owned Press TV's YouTube account:
Fateh-313 is a domestically produced missile with a range of five-hundred kilometers. It uses combined solid fuel and is capable of striking targets with pinpoint accuracy. The Defense Ministry is planning to start the mass production of Fateh-313 which was unveiled on the occasion of the Defense Industry Day. Iran domestically produces a wide range of missiles, rockets, military hardware and weapons. It says they're meant to boost its defense might.

Let's go to the videotape.

Israel is not within 500 kilometers of Iran. However, Damascus is 213 kilometers from Tel Aviv and Beirut is 211 kilometers away. Given that Bashar al-Assad and Hezbullah are both clients of Tehran, that's a real concern. Longer range missiles may also not be far away.

And yes, of course, this violates the Obama-led sellout to a nuclear Iran.
Iran's missile program is one of the largest in the Middle East and a major sticking point to the agreement, according to Reuters. Under the Iran nuclear deal, any ballistic missile technology is subject to UN Security Council approval, something US President Barack Obama promised to veto.
An arms embargo on Iranian missiles remains for another eight years, The New York Times reported; for conventional weapons another five. Iran, however, said it refused to follow any part of the deal that would restrict its military capabilities. 
"We will buy, sell and develop any weapons we need and we will not ask for permission or abide by any resolution for that," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during the unveiling Saturday, on Iran's Defense Industry Day. 
Despite a blatant disregard for the nuclear deal signed just over a month ago — a deal Obama hailed as a triumph of "diplomacy" — Iran continued with the rhetoric that its military power is necessary for Middle Eastern peace.
Now - before Congress votes on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - is the time to call the Obama administration on this development and stop Iran from immediately violating an agreement which is already far too favorable toward Iran.

What could go wrong?

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