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A picture released by the Iranian Defense Ministry claims to show the launch of a Simorgh satellite-carrying rocket in an undisclosed location, Iran, July 27, 2017 (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP).

Recent Tests Show Iran Making Progress on Meeting Its Missile and Space Ambitions

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

In mid-October, U.S. President Donald Trump declared that he would not recertify the Iran nuclear agreement, disavowing it but kicking to Congress the decision of whether the United States should reimpose sanctions on Iran and essentially scrap the deal. In doing so, Trump singled out Iran’s continued development of ballistic missiles, and the deal’s near-total silence on Iran’s missile programs, as one of the agreement’s “flaws.”

The wisdom of linking the nuclear deal to Iran’s ballistic missile program is debatable. But a series of recent tests and public unveilings indicate that Iran is indeed making significant progress toward meeting its missile and space ambitions, following several years of unproductive activity. If successful, Iran may ultimately be able to field a new and more capable ballistic missile against its regional adversaries and place military satellites of consequence into space. ...

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