It appears Iran may have taken a step back from the game of chicken the country was playing with the Trump Administration last week.
New satellite images suggest that Iran may have removed a Safir missile from the launchpad sometime over the weekend (via NY Post). The missile was being prepared to launch on Friday of this week.
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Perhaps it was a technical problem — but the timing suggests otherwise. On Jan. 29, recall, Iran launched a new type of medium-range ballistic missile capable of reaching all of Europe, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.
Last Thursday, the Trump administration announced it was putting Iran “on notice.” And on Friday — the same day the new missile was first seen — Washington announced sanctions against 25 individuals and companies involved in Iran’s ballistic-missile program.
That was a response unlike anything Tehran saw in eight years under President Barack Obama — whose State Department routinely issued reports critical of Iran, but turned a blind eye to the Islamic Republic’s nefarious behavior, not to mention its repeated violations of the sweetheart nuclear deal.
If theories are true, and this missile was removed as a direct result of Trump’s sanctions, this is a major sign for the current administration’s foreign policy moving forward.
The Trump Administration’s ability to stabilize Iran as an international threat will inevitably earn the United States major respect points on a global level.
But that’s what Trump said all along would happen, right? Make America Great Again, y’all.