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After the Nuclear Deal
Missiles are the Key to our Future, Says Iran

The Supreme Leader of Iran has come out swinging in defense of recent Revolutionary Guard Corps ballistic missile tests. Reuters reports:

“Those who say the future is in negotiations, not in missiles, are either ignorant or traitors,” Khamenei, who has the final say on all matters of state, was quoted as saying by his website.

“If the Islamic Republic seeks negotiations but has no defensive power, it would have to back down against threats from any weak country.”

His comments may have been directed at former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the de facto leader of a more moderate political alliance, who last week tweeted “the future is in dialogue, not missiles”.

This may be the new normal, at least for the length of this Administration: Iran fires off missile tests, while Washington grumbles but does not act. We wonder what other parts of the deal (or its implementing resolution) Iran may start to test, to see if they get the same result.

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  • qet

    Stalin said it first.

  • Beauceron

    No, no, no.

    This is all just red meat for the right wing lunatics in Iran and their counterparts in the US. Behind the scenes, Iran is opening up like a flower. Our friendly, open posture at the nuclear negotiations and the talks to release the navy hostages– um, guests- along with the release of billions in frozen assets and billions in trade deals has put the Iranian mullahs, who are really quite liberal, in the position where they can finally, now that they are assured that the US won’t be as aggressive and oppressive, begin to reform.

    Obama said so. He is very smart, you know. All the papers say so.

    • Hard Little Machine

      I hear they’re legalizing gay marriage, weed and promoting lesbian rights tomorrow. Also Iran has decided to convert to Judaism.

  • Fat_Man

    Shows that Kahmeni knows more about how to negotiate than Obama.

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