Iran tests ballistic missile capable of nuke--ten days before start of Obozo's deal
Ooooh, a deal! Like, a diplomatic agreement, such as one might expect of a guy who was nominated for the Nobel peace prize a week after he took office--and won it, based on zero accomplishments. But he's got a D after his name, so that's all that matters in New America.
This "deal" released roughly $150 Billion in bank accounts owned by Iran, in exchange for a solemn promise by the mullahs to...do exactly the same thing they've been doing for years.
Man, that's some sharp deal by Barky and John F'n Kerry, eh?
Virtually every adult who isn't a liberal/Democrat warned that this "deal" was an illusion, a piece of theater that would give the mullahs a green light to develop an atomic bomb. It was obvious from the outset, because the "deal" doesn't provide for any no-notice inspections. So let's say the CIA had a spy in an Iranian lab who sent 'em pics of a atomic bomb being assembled in a secret lab in Iran. By the provisions of this wonderful "deal" we'd have to give the mullahs 28 days notice before inspecting.
And even then, "we" couldn't inspect. That task is farmed out to the IAEA. But you trust them, right?
Does this requirement to give 28 days notice before inspection strike you as a good deal?
The 'inception date' of this POS was last Sunday. Here's what happened about a week earlier:
The United States, Britain, France and Germany called on Wednesday for the United Nations Security Council's Iran sanctions committee to take action over a missile test by Tehran that they said violated a U.N. ban.
In a letter containing details on the launch, they said the ballistic missile was "inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon."
The letter, seen by Reuters, was sent to the committee after the United States raised the issue in the 15-member Security Council.
"We trust that this information will assist the Committee in its responsibility to examine and take appropriate action in response to violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions," they wrote.
Iran said earlier this month that it had tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile.
Diplomats have said it was possible for the sanctions committee to blacklist additional Iranian individuals or entities if it determined that the missile launch had breached the U.N. ban. However, they said Russia and China, which have opposed the sanctions on Iran's missile program, might block any such moves.
"The United States will continue to press the Security Council to respond effectively to any future violations ... Full and robust enforcement of all relevant U.N. measures is and will remain critical," U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said in a statement on Wednesday.
Iran has disputed the Western assessment that the missile was capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
"None of the Islamic Republic of Iran's missiles has been designed for a nuclear capability," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday, according to Iran's state news agency IRNA.
Ballistic missile tests by Iran are banned under a 2010 Security Council resolution that remains valid until a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is implemented.
Under that deal, reached on July 14, most sanctions on Iran will be lifted in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. Once it takes effect, Iran will still be "called upon" to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.
The deal allows for supply of ballistic missile technology to Tehran with Security Council approval, but the United States has pledged to veto any such requests.
U.S. officials have said the missile test is not a violation of the nuclear deal.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday conditionally approved the nuclear deal but warned it would be violated if any of the six world powers imposed any sanctions on any level and under any pretext.
Didja get that? The supreme shit-stain of Iran "warned" that the deal would be "violated"--meaning by the western nations--if any western nation reimposed sanctions "under any pretext." In other words he's saying "No matter what we [Iranians] do, you can't penalize us without killing this wonderful, brilliant, clever deal." And of course no western pol wants to be the one to kill the wonderful deal. So...the Iranians have a free hand to do...anything.
Sweet deal for them. So what benefits does the deal contain for the U.S.?
Zero. Zip, zilch, nada.
But Barky got the deal HE wanted. And in bizarro-world that's all that ever mattered.