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August 4, 2017

8-4-2017 Iran and the US are squaring off over a rocket launch ….

  • Tensions are growing between the United States and Iran over a recent space missile launch in the latter country.
  • Last week, Iran tested a rocket capable of launching satellites into orbit. Though the test was for the country’s space program, it renewed fears over Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities. [Reuters]
  • The United States and its European allies were quick to condemn the launch as a violation of a UN Security Council resolution that prohibits the country from conducting such launches. [NYT / Rick Gladstone]
  • However, the tests do not violate the Iran-US nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration. In that deal, the US agreed to relax economic sanctions on the country in order to get Iran to scale back its nuclear capabilities. [NYT / Rick Gladstone]
  • Trump recently reauthorized the nuclear agreement, but he has made it clear he does not like the deal and has been looking for ways to say the country hasn’t been holding up its end of the bargain. [Washington Post / Ishan Tharoor]
  • The US seized on the latest missile test, slapping sanctions on an Iranian organization that works on ballistic missiles. [Al Jazeera]
  • But Iran also has grounds to complain about the US not holding up its side of the bargain, as Trump has been actively encouraging Middle Eastern countries not to trade with Iran. This is also a violation of the deal as negotiated by the Obama administration. [Vox / Zeeshan Aleem]

 

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