In November and December, Iran carried out two missile tests in breach of UN resolutions. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was critical of Iran and the Iran/U.S. nuclear deal during his testimony Tuesday.
JAMES CLAPPER: The Iranians have conducted some 140 launches since the original U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929. It was imposed in 2010. As far as these two launches are concerned, I think this was a deliberate message of defiance, and that the Iranians are going to continue with their aggressive program to develop their missile force. Iran probably views the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] as a means to remove sanctions while preserving nuclear capabilities. Iran’s perception of how the JCPOA helps it achieve its overall strategic goals will dictate the level of its adherence to the agreement over time.
After Iran’s missile tests late last year, North Korea jumped into the mix with a missile test of their own on Sunday.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think we have been concerned about North Korea’s behavior for a while. This is an authoritarian regime. It’s provocative. It has repeatedly violated U.N. resolutions, tested and produced nuclear weapons and now, they’re trying to perfect their missile launch systems.
GAYLE KING: Were you surprised that they had actually launched a missile over the weekend, when you first heard it?
OBAMA: No. This is something that we’ve anticipated. We’ve seen a pattern of behavior over them. They are not very good at feeding their people, but they invest a huge amount in their weapon systems.
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