Analysis & Commentary


14th November 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Iran’s Missile-Cap Offer Is a Sham

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Following talk in Congress of imposing sanctions on Tehran for its ballistic-missile program, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced a decision to restrict the program to weapons with a range of no more than 2,000 kilometers. The move seemed like a preemptive...

8th November 2017 - The National Interest

Iran’s New Missile Cap Offer Is a Total Sham

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Last week, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps declared that the country’s Supreme Leader had mandated "cap" on the range of Iran’s surface-to-surface ballistic missile force of 2,000 kilometers.

2nd November 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

House Passes Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Tyler Stapleton

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation targeting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ballistic missile program and its enablers. The bill – H.R. 1698, or “The Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act” – received bipartisan support,...

31st October 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Threatens Ballistic Missile Strikes on American Forces, Can Hit ‘All U.S. Bases’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A top Iranian military commander has threatened to launch ballistic missile attacks on U.S. forces in the region amid a public effort by the Islamic Republic to show off its advanced missile capabilities, according to U.S. officials and regional reports.

31st October 2017 - Quoted by Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell - The Associated Press

Iran Guard: Supreme leader limiting ballistic missile range

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s supreme leader has restricted the range of ballistic missiles manufactured in the country to 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles), the head of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday, which limits their reach to only regional Mideast targets.

13th October 2017 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is facing more pressure from the Trump administration

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Once a ragtag force protecting Iran's nascent Islamic regime, the Revolutionary Guard Corps is now the nation's most powerful security institution — and has come under fire from the Trump administration.

8th October 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

‘Path to war’ — Iran defies Trump with missile tests

Saeed Ghasseminejad

As US President Donald Trump seeks to tighten the screws on Iran’s contentious ballistic missile programme by renegotiating — and maybe even scrapping — the landmark July 2015 nuclear agreement, Tehran has defiantly stepped up its efforts to develop long-range missiles that could...

28th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

FAQ after allegations of another ballistic missile test by Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran watchers and missile experts may be going ballistic this week. Here’s why.

26th September 2017 - WINA

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Benham Ben Taleblu, Senior Iran Analyst for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, discusses Iran’s new missiles, response from the region and other news about the Iran Missile Threat.

23rd September 2017 - BBC

BBC World

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran and North Korea's missile activity on BBC World.

27th July 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea fires ballistic missile that lands off coast of Japan. FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero discusses the implications on Happening Now.

4th July 2017 - Quoted by Anne Gearan, Emily Rauhala - The Washington Post

North Korea missile launch marks a direct challenge to Trump administration

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea’s latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile marks a direct challenge to President Trump, whose tough talk has yet to yield any change in Pyongyang’s behavior as the regime continues its efforts to build a nuclear weapon capable of striking the mainland...

21st May 2017 - Quoted by Dagyum Ji - NK News

N. Korea announces Pukguksong-2 launch, says missile can now be “mass-produced”

Anthony Ruggiero

Kim Jong Un on Sunday supervised North Korea’s second test launch of the Pukguksong-2 ground-to-ground strategic ballistic missile and approved its deployment “for action”, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday.

12th March 2017 - Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Korean Crisis Raises Stakes of US-Israel Missile Cooperation

Jonathan Schanzer

Meeting with senior Trump administration officials in Washington last week, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman twice referenced the growing threat posed by North Korea’s missile programs preoccupying the White House in its first days on the job.

8th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s missile tests reveal weaknesses of UN Security Council Resolution

Olli Heinonen

Iran’s latest missile test on January 29 received a swift response, as warranted. The United Nations Security Council called for an emergency session, and on February 2, the U.S. Treasury imposed new sanctions on persons and entities involved with Tehran’s ballistic missile program. Iran...

7th December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Liberman Acknowledges Strikes on Syria, Pledges to Deprive Hezbollah of Advanced Weapons

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman acknowledged his country’s recent airstrikes against Syrian targets, saying in an address to European Union ambassadors on Wednesday that the strikes were meant to prevent Hezbollah from receiving “advanced weapons, military equipment and weapons...

16th September 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

North Korea’s 5th Nuclear Test – What now?

Olli Heinonen

North Korea just heralded the 68th anniversary of its founding by conducting its fifth nuclear test. The initial seismic recordings were larger than previously recorded activity. This, coupled with other indicators, suggests that Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons capability is accelerating....

30th August 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Russia’s Got A New Iron Curtain, This Time With Advanced Missile Tech

Jonathan Schanzer

Russia has created a new iron curtain by deploying its most advanced missile defense system across its border with NATO, in Crimea, and now Syria.

29th August 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran’s Most Contentious Nuclear Site Just Got Some Serious Russian Firepower

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s premier nuclear enrichment facility just got a massive upgrade in its defense capabilities after installing the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system Monday.

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