Confidential U.N. report: Iran is still pursuing the development of ballistic missiles

posted at 9:21 pm on May 15, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Khamenei very publicly told Iran’s military that they should move at full speed ahead with mass producing missiles on Sunday, despite world powers’ “stupid, idiotic expectation” to the contrary, that ol’ chestnut — so this report from the United Nations is definitely no surprise (not that it would have been anyway), via Reuters:

Despite apparently reducing illicit purchases that breach U.N. sanctions, Iran is pursuing development of ballistic missiles, a confidential U.N. report says, posing an acute challenge to six powers negotiating with Tehran to rein in its nuclear program.

On Sunday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described as “stupid and idiotic” Western expectations for his country to curb its missile development. He decreed mass production of ballistic weapons, striking a defiant tone just before nuclear talks resumed on Wednesday in Vienna. …

But a senior U.S. official made clear this week that Tehran’s ballistic capabilities must be addressed in the negotiations since U.N. Security Council resolutions on Iran “among many other things, do say that any missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon must be dealt with.” …

“Iran is continuing development of its ballistic missile and space programs,” the experts said. “A new missile launch site 40 km (25 miles) from the city of Shahrud was identified in August 2013. A larger launch complex is assessed to be close to completion at the Imam Khomeini Space Center at Semnan for ballistic missiles and satellite launch vehicles.”

The best thing that can be said of Iran and their banned nuke and missile programs at the moment, according to the report, is that they have slowed down their net attempts to illicitly procure the necessary materials during their bid to get the West to relieve them of some of their economic sanctions. So… there’s that?

The talks currently going on between world powers in Vienna are supposed to produce the ultimate deal that will decidedly avert war in the Middle East by July 20th, but with Iran basically telling the West to talk to the hand and with Russia apparently supporting their effort to keep missile development in the picture, among other things… color me skeptical.

You can hear the wheels clunking into place in Vienna and in Foggy Bottom. There is plenty of evidence that the fix is in to silence critics and sell a rotten deal with Iran or simply negotiate ad infinitum.

As we noted, Iran is currently not complying with the interim deal. If there are no headlines such as “Iran won’t comply!” or presidential speeches warning that Iran must comply with inspections and cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency forthwith, you know it is because the administration and its acolytes fear failure to make a deal much more than they fear a threshold Iranian nuclear weapons capability.


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*shocked face*

BigGator5 on May 15, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Decisions, decisions…
Sternly worded letter or shirt board hashtag message…

socalcon on May 15, 2014 at 9:31 PM

the administration and its acolytes fear failure to make a deal much more than they fear a threshold Iranian nuclear weapons capability.

In other words Obama is more concerned with his self image than with the Iranian threat to Americans and everybody else. If the Iranians get mad and called Obama names he would be sad and stuff.

HotAirian on May 15, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Confidential U.N. report: Iran is still pursuing the development of ballistic missiles

There is no such thing as a confidential UN report.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Good god, even Captain Renault can be bothered to pick up the phone on this one…

oscarwilde on May 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM

In other words Obama is more concerned with his self image than with the Iranian threat to Americans and everybody else. If the Iranians get mad and called Obama names he would be sad and stuff.

HotAirian on May 15, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Maybe the filthy Yeti should start a social media campaign where people protest with selfies. #NoNukesInIran or something. Our foreign policy really is that lame these days. Ukraine/Russia, Israel/Muslims posing as something less than radical, Iran, North Korea, China taunting Vietnam by erecting an oil rig…….

Where the hell is John Kerry? Where is the diplomacy from the White House and Foggy Bottom? And nobody from this nation is driving the agenda at Turtle Bay. I guess our Jew-hating ambassador is off at another film festival or something.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2014 at 9:40 PM

…they cloned the drone we gave them too!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM

#noshit

catmman on May 15, 2014 at 9:44 PM

OK, guys. I got this.

#stopiransnukes
#iranpleasedontdestroyisrael

There. All better now.

tdarrington on May 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

…they cloned the drone we gave them too!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Yeah if our drones were made out of old refrigerator boxes with wheels attached.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2014 at 9:48 PM

AHAHAHHHAHAHA, guess what – so is North Korea. How has that worked out so far?

Scottie on May 15, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Maybe we could give them some to reverse engineer. I mean after we launch them of course.

Docsavage 14 on May 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

In other news, scientists have discovered water is wet.

rbj on May 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

seems to me they were a lot less brazen when they had a crazy ass check valve (hussein) right next to them.

dmacleo on May 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Flashback to Bubba’s Presidency:

Confidential U.N. report: North Korea is still pursuing the development of ballistic missiles

Next up: nuclear weapons …

ShainS on May 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Prediction of the day: pouty-face Mooch will get more media time from the drive- bys than Iran developing ballistic missiles.

This makes Preezy and Shrillary look even more stupid, so buried it is.

northdallasthirty on May 15, 2014 at 9:58 PM

The talks currently going on between world powers in Vienna are supposed to produce the ultimate deal that will decidedly avert war in the Middle East by July 20th, but with Iran basically telling the West to talk to the hand and with Russia apparently supporting their effort to keep missile development in the picture, among other things..

uh huh, Top. Men.

fresh air on May 15, 2014 at 9:58 PM

AHAHAHHHAHAHA, guess what – so is North Korea. How has that worked out so far?

Scottie on May 15, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Actually, so-so…NoRK missile tech is still about modifying existing systems to get better bang for buck. Like Iran, I don’t fear totally their ICBM tech as much as their IRBM and SSM stuff.

Theater level weapons are totally in their grasp and production capabilities…AND they can crank them out in larger quantities, sanctions be damned.

BUT: it’s the nuclear tech that’s gonna make the difference. These guys aren’t looking for precision, they just want a slingshot large enough to toss a few atomic rocks at the Capitalist Running Dogs/Infidels that they can….and if they can’t get it on a global range, they’ll consider going lower to low-tech…if they haven’t already.

BlaxPac on May 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Decisions, decisions…
Sternly worded letter or shirt board hashtag message…

socalcon on May 15, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Pretty close actually; remember this?

Samantha Power Hoped to Convince Iran to Abandon Syria over WMD Use

Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, hoped that a team of UN investigators — many of whom, presumably, have a longstanding relationship with Iranian leaders — could write a report that would convince Iran to abandon its ally at the behest of the United States.

They believed that, why wouldn’t they believe that the power of #hashtag could do the same?

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Maybe we could give them some to reverse engineer. I mean after we launch them of course.

Docsavage 14 on May 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

General LeMay & General Doolittle, please report to the boarding gate: Flight B-52 to Tehran via connection @ Pyongyang is waiting for you….

…I repeat: General LeMay & General Doolittle…

BlaxPac on May 15, 2014 at 10:25 PM

The Shia muslims such as the Iranians very strongly believe in the concept of Taqqiya… Taqiyya is basically to deceive and lie to their enemies in every possible way, for them it is a religious virtue and an obligation that must be practiced all the time… The more they lie to and deceive their enemies the more they will be rewarded by their allah… It is way of life for the islamic terrorist regime in Iran…

mnjg on May 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM

N.K. Has China to nuke ‘em to hell should it get that bad, does Israel really have to do all the heavy lifting while The Won is emperor King President?

Tard on May 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

What a cowardly, spineless clown is our President!

Adjoran on May 15, 2014 at 11:21 PM

But the CIA PROMISED!!

WryTrvllr on May 16, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Weakness in our government from sea to shining sea…

albill on May 16, 2014 at 6:49 AM

The “Iran Deal” was a lie in December, it was a lie in January and it will be a lie in July.

Obama blocked stronger sanctions proposed by Senate Democrats so that the lie could be maintained a bit longer. In July, or whenever, a new lie will be presented by the Obama administration, and Iran will continue developing a nuclear weapon and ballistic missiles.

pilsener on May 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Why would the report be “confidential”?

mockmook on May 16, 2014 at 5:22 PM