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December 31, 2015 4:32 pm

Israeli Minister Encourages Reported US Plans for New Sanctions Against Iran Missile Program

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Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz.' Photo: Liron Moldovan.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz.’ Photo: Liron Moldovan.

Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz encouraged on Thursday reported US plans for new sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program.

“If this world ignores their blatant violations on this issue,” said Steinitz, referring to ballistic missile tests in Iran over the past few months that violated UN Security Council resolution 1929, “[the Iranians] will very quickly understand that they can also violate the nuclear deal.”

“They’re testing the international community,” said Steinitz, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s and his former point man on negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal.

“This is a ‘double test.’ On the technical level they are examining the technical capabilities of their missiles, including the maneuverability of rockets capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. But on the political level, they’re testing how much the world is really determined to respond to their violations of international agreements. Therefore, it’s important that the response in this case will be significant.”

Steinitz was responding to a Wall Street Journal report that the Obama administration was “targeting almost a dozen companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates” — the first sanctions against Iran since the announcement of the nuclear accord — which Israel rejected as a “bad deal” — on July 14 in Vienna.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari meanwhile called the reported sanctions “illegal and arbitrary,” Reuters reported, claiming Iran’s missile program is unrelated to the nuclear deal.

Iran has argued that the nuclear deal only bars Iran from testing ballistic missiles that can deliver a nuclear payload, not those it claims for defensive purposes. UN sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile tests are supposed to be lifted eight years from the implementation of the nuclear deal.


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  • Jonah

    Whatever the U.S. Claims it will do against Iran Is window dressing to appease the public. Israel must come to the realization that they are playing ball with lawlessness. Lawlessness enforces the law to the T when dealing with Israel but Lawlessness is not subject to the law, only in form not substance. You must remember the root of the conflict. Ishmael was the offspring of Abram and Sari, in the flesh. Issac was the offspring of Abr…ah…ham and Sar…ah. God breathed his breath on the covenant line of Abraham, through Isaac…Jacob..ect, ect. Therefore all Jews, And Christians must be killed. Islam will lie to you in order to accomplish that task. The only true enforcement of the law will be by Gods hands as he crushes Israel’s enemy’s. Israel must defend itself as this process Is set in motion. God will be the one that decimates your enemy’s.

  • Oh come on B H Obama won’t let congress put sanctions on Iran. Where will he retire to after his presidency, if he annoys the Ayatollahs?

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    There is no one outside of the Obama administration who actually believes what Obama says when he releases a statement that Iranian ballistic missile tests will be sanctioned. Not even the UN believes them and they’re THEIR sanctions. So please let’s stop worrying about what Obama says he will do.

  • martin

    iran is playing with the west

  • Tony Trenton

    So much for the OBummer ‘Snap Back’!!!

    The waste of time ‘Deal. Has NOT been ratified and signed by Iran.
    So there is no deal in reality .

    Of course that won’t stop the waste of time and the enormous waste of Tax payer Money. All for the sake of the OBummer rhetoric and ego !!!

    Obummer has been played again !!!