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Experts: To Fix Nuke Deal, U.S., EU Must Impose “Tough Sanctions” on Iran’s Missile Program

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Richard Goldberg
31st January 2018 - Quoted by The Tower

In an effort to fix the weaknesses in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, a new working group tasked with forming a joint United States-European Union position on Iran’s ballistic missile program “must produce nothing less than a commitment to reimpose tough sanctions on Iran” if it continues to develop ballistic missiles, two experts on Iran wrote Tuesday in Foreign Policy.

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Behnam Taleblu, a senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), and Richard Goldberg, a senior advisor at FDD wrote that despite growing differences between the U.S. and EU regarding Iran’s missile program, President Donald Trump should reject Iran’s pledge to limit the range of its missiles to 1,243 miles (2,000 kilometers).

Towards that end, Taleblu and Goldberg argue that the U.S. must make clear that Iran possesses the Middle East’s largest ballistic missile arsenal, which poses both a conventional and unconventional threat to its neighbors. A significant number of the missiles are capable of carrying nuclear payload. Iran, they note, “continues to flagrantly ignore” demands in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 that calls on it to stop developing technology for ballistic missiles “designed to be capable” of delivering a nuclear warhead.

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“Iran’s leaders clearly do not feel hamstrung by the JCPOA to expand its missile program,” Taleblu and Goldberg conclude. “Likewise, the West should not feel hamstrung by the JCPOA to respond in kind.”

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