IRAN V US: America fury at Tehran ripping up agreement with shock missile test

Monday, September 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

DONALD Trump has brought in new unilateral sanctions on Iran, after the Middle Eastern country conducted a ballistic missile test.

Mon, Sep 25, 2017

The US President issued an order overnight that kept renewed travel restrictions on Iran, along with seven other countries.

The ban covers nearly all visas from Iran, except for students and exchange visitors.

Donald Trump also took to Twitter in an attack on the Middle East state. He wrote: “Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. “They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!”

The comment refers to an agreement made by the then US President Barack Obama in 2015, along with the UK, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union in which Iran agreed to give up the means to make nuclear weapons.

In return, the US and its allies would reduce long-term economic sanctions on Tehran.

That agreement now looks to be in tatters after the test firing.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday: “We will increase our military power as a deterrent. We will strengthen our missile capabilities.”

Principal MENA analyst at Verisk Maplecroft Torbjorn Soltvedt told CNBC: “As Iran’s missile program is beyond the scope of the 2015 nuclear agreement, both sides have seized on the issue to assert their national interests while still operating within the confines of the deal.

“For Rouhani, reasserting Iran’s ballistic missile ambitions provides cover against hard-line critics that see the nuclear agreement as a capitulation to world powers.

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