How to Stop Iran's Missile Program

by Henry D. Sokolski, William Tobey  |  December 14, 2017  |  ARTICLES
Source : The National Interest  

America must unite, not divide, other major powers to constrain Iran.

Just four weeks ago, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's commander, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, told the Associated Press that Tehran was imposing a 1,242-mile range limit on its surface-to-surface ballistic missiles. Although lax (all of Israel's bases, and most of America's in the Gulf and Middle East, fall within this range), this limit should be seen as a start. The question now is how much further might the United States and other like-minded countries be able to push Iran to impose tighter controls.

Washington would hardly be alone if it wanted to find out. France's President Emmanuel Macron and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian have called for bilateral talks with Iran about its missile program and the need to limit it. Earlier in October, German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed concerns about Iran's persistence in illicitly seeking missile technology from German firms. After Iran tested a 1,242-mile-range multiple-warhead Khorramshahr missile in late September, British foreign minister Boris Johnson protested as well.

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