US officials expressed annoyance at Iran’s test launches of ballistic missiles Wednesday, saying they were “provocative,” but admitting that the test of non-nuclear-capable missiles in no way violated the nuclear agreement with the P5+1.
US officials have expressed annoyance at previous Iran missile tests, and the State Department insisted they aren’t going to “turn a blind eye to this,” even though ultimately Iran is doing what every nation does in developing missiles for its military.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was quick to condemn the missile tests, demanding immediate sanctions against Iran for tests, saying the world has to prove Iran’s testing of missiles “will not be tolerated.”
Iranian officials insisted their testing is not provocative, and that they have a right to engage in self-defense against nations threatening to attack them. They also echoed US sentiments that the tests don’t violate the deal. The missiles are seen designed to hit Israel, a nation which has repeatedly threatened to attack Iran.