Iran tests medium-range missile
On Sept. 23, 2017, the BBC reported that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of carrying “multiple warheads.” The missile could travel 1,242 miles from the launch site in any direction.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated on September 22 that the Iranian government was going to increase its military presence as a “deterrent” and protest against the United States, according to BBC News.
According to the Washington Post, although “the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed that Iran is in compliance,” the President has “claimed that Iranian missile tests and other regional activities ‘violate the spirit’ of the deal.'” In his address to the United Nations on September 19, Trump also “called the deal ‘an embarrassment to the United States.’”
There is an October 15 deadline for the administration to “certify to Congress that Iran is complying with the terms.” If the administration chooses to “decertify” Iran’s compliance with the deal, Congress could vote to re-impose sanctions on Iran, which could “lead Iran to exit the agreement and ramp up its nuclear program to pre-2015 levels, raising the risk of proliferation or preventive war,” according to the Washington Post.
Meanwhile, Iran’s president released a statement that the country will continue its missile testing program without any countries’ permission, according to BBC News.