Iran Rejects Efforts to Add Defensive Power Into Nuclear Deal

Iran won't limit missile or space program

With signs that the Iran nuclear deal is all set to be made, reports are emerging that the US is making some last minute demands, and Iranian leaders are quick to shut them down, saying defensive weapons are not to be part of this deal.

Details of what the US broached have not been made public but Iran is being very public in rejecting the idea of attaching either their defensive missiles or their space program to the pact.

The US may see a logic to this, as their sanctions indeed are built around things like Iran having defensive missiles, or indeed a space program, trying to tie those technologies to a weapons delivery system for weapons Iran doesn’t have and isn’t seeking.

With the deal further cementing that Iran isn’t going to have nuclear weapons, it makes little sense to make missile technology part of it. The US probably won’t end up insisting on this, but every time a deal nears, new demands are introduced.

Author: Jason Ditz

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