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.