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Iran claims to have tripled missile production

This photo released on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, claims to show the chief of the aerospace division of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, left, listening to an unidentified colonel
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The Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015 by then-US President Barack Obama and Rouhani, has now come under fire

Amidst efforts to rescue the Iran nuclear deal, Iran has recently declared that its missile production has increased three-fold, despite international pressure setting on curtailing its military ambitions.

According to Iranian media, a senior military official, speaking from the headquarters of the Iranian air force, addressed Iran’s nuclear abilities and decried the “hypocrisy” of foreign powers that looked to prevent Iran’s military buildup.

“In the past we had to explain our actions to various bodies, but not any more,” Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force, said, according to Iran’s Fars news agency.

“The law of the world is the hands of the United States, Britain, France and the Zionist regime and they have written these laws with arrogance. But if they want they change them.”

This proclamation comes two days after a visit from French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who came in an attempt to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

During his stay, Drian called on Iran to limit its missile program, saying that there was “still a lot of work to do,” with regard to Iran’s missile program.

After Drian’s comment, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the pressing concern of maintaining the Iran nuclear deal.

“Preserving the nuclear accord will prove to the world that negotiation and diplomacy are the best option for solving problems,” Rouhani said. “While its collapse will signify that political negotiations are a waste of time.”

At the AIPAC policy conference Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broadcasted his concerns regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

“The president has also made clear that if the fatal flaws of the nuclear deal are not fixed, he will walk away from the deal and restore sanctions,” Netanyahu said. “Israel will be right there by his side, and let me tell you, so will other countries in the region.”

The Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015 by then-US President Barack Obama and Rouhani, has come under fire by the recent US administration. Trump has threatened to discard the nuclear deal if the terms are not satisfactory to his liking.

“Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said in January, after extending the nuclear deal by 120 days.

“Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.”

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