Iran has just approved a military budget increase that includes the development of a long-range missile program.
On Monday, Iranian lawmakers voted to add five percent more to this year’s military budget.
This increase will not only finance the development of the long-range missiles but will also add more soldiers to their army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the defense ministry.
Trump has already vowed to shut down the Iranian long-range missile program, and this latest move by the Iranians is already being perceived as a potential problem for the United States.
Western states have already complained that the recent long-range missile tests conducted by the Iranians were “inconsistent” with a U.N. resolution on Iran.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, “The resolution, adopted last year as part of the deal to curb Iran‘s nuclear activities, calls on Iran to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons.”
Tehran countered the complaint, saying it has not carried out any work on missiles specifically designed to carry nuclear payloads.
Iran’s Tasnim News stated, “173 lawmakers voted in favor of an article in Iran‘s five-year development plan that ‘requires the government to increase Iran‘s defense capabilities as a regional power and preserve the country’s national security and interests by allocating at least five percent of annual budget’ to military affairs.”
The Iranian military increase not only includes developing long-range missiles but also finances the building of armed drones and the development of Iranian’s cyber-war capabilities.
Although the Obama administration believes that Iran‘s ballistic missile tests have not violated the nuclear agreement with Tehran, Trump has a completely different opinion on the subject.
Calling the Iran deal brokered by Obama “the worst deal ever negotiated,” Trump said to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2016, “Those ballistic missiles, with a range of 1,250 miles, were designed to intimidate not only Israel … but also intended to frighten Europe and someday maybe hit even the United States. We’re not going to let that happen.”
Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal; the U.S. Treasury has imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals linked to the program.
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