Iran’s Ballistic Missiles May Spur New Gulf Defenses

Global Security Newswire Staff
Add to Briefcase
Global Security Newswire Staff
April 28, 2014, 8:13 a.m.

A high-level Obama in­sider said Wash­ing­ton wants to as­sist in field­ing an in­teg­rated bal­list­ic mis­sile shield for Gulf al­lies, Re­u­ters re­ports.

The planned an­ti­mis­sile de­ploy­ments would be an an­swer to Ir­an’s grow­ing bal­list­ic mis­sile ca­pa­cit­ies, Frank Rose, deputy as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary of State for space and de­fense policy, told journ­al­ists in Abu Dh­abi on Sunday. The United States and its part­ners fear that Ir­an’s bal­list­ic mis­siles may be able to ac­com­mod­ate nuc­le­ar pay­loads. However, the Middle East­ern na­tion has re­fused to dis­cuss the arms in talks in which West­ern powers are seek­ing to lim­it atom­ic activ­it­ies that Tehran could tap for bomb de­vel­op­ment.

“As long as Ir­an con­tin­ues to de­vel­op bal­list­ic mis­siles that can threaten the United States or de­ployed forces and our friends and al­lies in the re­gion, we will work ef­fect­ively with our part­ners here in the [United Ar­ab Emir­ates] as well as the rest of the Gulf to de­fend against that threat,” Rose said.

He aired op­tim­ism, though, about the po­ten­tial for “a suc­cess­ful res­ol­u­tion of the Ir­an nuc­le­ar is­sue.”

Ir­an, which in­sists its nuc­le­ar am­bi­tions are peace­ful, on Sunday re­af­firmed its po­s­i­tion that bal­list­ic mis­siles “have not and will not be the sub­ject of any ne­go­ti­ations,” the na­tion’s Fars News Agency re­por­ted. Ir­a­ni­an For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­hammad Javad Za­rif ad­ded it is “wrong to as­sume that the only ap­plic­a­tion [of the mis­siles] is car­ry­ing un­con­ven­tion­al weapons.”

Still, an un­named U.S. gov­ern­ment source ref­er­enced the U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil’s 2010 pro­hib­i­tion on all Ir­a­ni­an ef­forts in­volving nuc­le­ar-cap­able bal­list­ic mis­siles.

“In some way, this will have to be ad­dressed,” the high-level in­sider told Re­u­ters.

Mean­while, an Ir­a­ni­an mil­it­ary of­ficer an­nounced tri­al flights of sev­er­al new me­di­um-range bal­list­ic mis­siles, Fars News re­por­ted on Sunday.

“The labor­at­ory pro­duc­tion of these mis­siles has star­ted and one or two samples have been test-fired,” Ir­a­ni­an Brig. Gen. Ahmad-Reza Pour­dast­an said.

What We're Following See More »
Trump Still on Campaign Rhetoric
1 hours ago
Trump Rails On Obamacare
1 hours ago

After spending a few minutes re-litigating the Democratic primary, Donald Trump turned his focus to Obamacare. “I inherited a mess, believe me. We also inherited a failed healthcare law that threatens our medical system with absolute and total catastrophe” he said. “I’ve been watching and nobody says it, but Obamacare doesn’t work.” He finished, "so we're going to repeal and replace Obamacare."

Trump Goes After The Media
1 hours ago

Donald Trump lobbed his first attack at the “dishonest media” about a minute into his speech, saying that the media would not appropriately cover the standing ovation that he received. “We are fighting the fake news,” he said, before doubling down on his previous claim that the press is “the enemy of the people." However, he made a distinction, saying that he doesn't think all media is the enemy, just the "fake news."

Steve Beshear to Give Democratic Response on Tuesday
2 hours ago
Report: Trump Asked FBI to Deny Russia Stories
2 hours ago

"The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN. But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate."


Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.