Tuesday's HOT MIC
Buyer's remorse on the Iran deal.
Iran announced an upcoming "satellite" launch, but experts suggest that this "space" initiative is likely a cover for ICBM tests. From Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon:
"Now, we have two ready-to-launch satellites; one of them is Amir Kabir sensing satellite and another one is Nahid telecommunication satellite and over 97 percent of preparation works have been carried out on them," Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi was quoted as saying Monday in the country's state-controlled press.
Iran has a history of using space launches as cover to test and refine its ICBM technology, which remains part of its larger nuclear weapons program.
Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and expert on rogue regimes, told the Free Beacon that launches of this nature have only increased since the landmark nuclear agreement relaxed international restrictions on Iran's military behavior.
"That Iran uses its satellite program as cover for ballistic missile development is no secret although, quite realistically, since John Kerry loosened restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program, they don't need to hide quite so much," Rubin said. "The key thing to recognize is that we're no longer talking about just Iran's capability."
Iran goes hand in hand with North Korea.
"When it comes to nuclear technology, Iran and North Korea are like sorority sisters swapping clothes or an old married couple sharing a toothbrush," Rubin said. "What happens in Tehran doesn't stay in Tehran."
What will Trump do about the remaining two pillars of the "axis of evil"?