The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday that German security officials have accused Iran of continuing to work on nuclear missile technology in defiance of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal.
The JPost report is based on an article in Der Tagesspiegel, which seems to build upon reports surfacing over the past few weeks from several regional German security agencies. Der Tagesspiegel’s prolific security correspondent Frank Jansen came to the conclusion that, “despite the nuclear agreement, Iran has not given up on its illegal activities in Germany.” Instead, the Iranians have been seeking components for both nuclear warheads and long-range missiles from German firms.
“Iran has clearly not given up on its long-term goal to become a nuclear power that can mount nuclear weapons on rockets,” Jansen wrote.
He saw a conflict brewing in Iran between the secular government of President Hassan Rouhani, which wants to “slow down” nuclear research, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which wants to “continue the nuclear program at all costs.”
Even Rouhani’s “slow down” approach is a long way from what the nuclear deal supposedly obliges him to do. Obama apologists constantly insist the deal halted Iran’s weapons program, at least for a few years. One of the German intel reports cited by Jansen specifically refutes that, saying there is “no evidence of a complete about-face in Iran’s atomic policies in 2016.”
The IRGC released an angry statement on Thursday that slammed “lightheaded rogue” Donald Trump for U.S. Treasury sanctions against the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. The statement also expressed the IRGC’s unwavering commitment to accelerating its missile program so it can battle the “hegemonic system” of the West and the “vicious network of international Zionism.”
“Iran’s ballistic missile programme will expand and it will continue with more speed in reaction to Trump’s hostile approach towards this revolutionary organization,” the Revolutionary Guards fumed. “Imposing cruel sanctions against the Guards and hostile approach of the rogue and brute president shows the failure of America and the Zionist regime’s wicked policies in the region.”
“Trump’s anxiety and trembling voice in his speech was a sign of the beginning of the era of failure for America’s hegemony,” added IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari. “Boosting Iran’s defense power remains our top priority.”