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Iran Plans Military Spending Increase, Long-Range Missile Development

Saeed Ghasseminejad
10th January 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Iranian parliamentarians voted on Monday to increase the country’s military spending to five percent of the budget and advance its development of long-range ballistic missiles.

The measure also prioritizes “developing and increasing the power to produce missiles,” improving Iran’s air defense power, and “developing and strengthening electronic warfare and cyber defense capabilities,” the Tasnim News Agency reported. (Then-United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon wrote in a confidential report to the Security Council last month that Iran’s ballistic missile program was “not consistent with the constructive spirit” of the nuclear deal.)

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Saeed Ghasseminejad, an associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in a policy brief in September that “there is no longer any doubt that the money the United States has paid to Iran will go to the Islamic Republic’s armed forces. It remains unclear how the military will spend it – potentially to prop up the Syrian regime, Hezbollah, Shiite militias in Iraq, or Houthi rebels in Yemen, or to buy heavy weaponry from Russia in contravention of the UN arms embargo.” The long-term effect of sanctions relief, Ghasseminejad warned, “will help finance Tehran’s overriding objectives: spreading its revolution and further destabilizing the Middle East.”

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iran, khamenei, missile-technology