Just because all media eyes continue to focus on the interim deal doesn’t mean that Iran, too, is solely focused on resolving the nuclear crisis. To see this, however, you need to connect the dots – and apparently not everyone wants to do that.
The Geneva signatories certainly view the deal as a means to improve stability and security in the volatile Middle East. Ironically, Tehran’s push for more sophisticated weaponry – which according to Forbes “rapidly advances unchecked” – seems to threaten that very objective by undermining Western disarmament efforts.
As if that weren’t enough, Forbes updated that Iran is joining forces with North Korea to develop and test larger and more sophisticated missile systems. Furthermore, citing a statement by the Iranian defense minister the Associated Press reported that Iran has “dramatically” improved the accuracy of its ballistic missiles by using laser systems. The missiles are now said to be able to strike within two meters of their targets, compared to 200 meters previously.
To what end? Well, a July report by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) estimated that Iran could develop a missile system “capable of reaching the United States by 2015,” possibly under the guise of a space program. Not exactly in the spirit of Geneva.
Apropos Geneva: according to Reuters Tehran is also moving ahead with its nuclear program and testing more efficient uranium enrichment technology such as a new generation of more sophisticated centrifuges.
Frankly, we’re starting to feel like a lone voice in the wilderness. We fail to understand the lack of any focused reporting of all these developments, which together raise questions about Iran’s desire to build confidence and foster regional stability.