Pentagon: Iran Continuing Work on Nuclear Systems

(Washington Free Beacon) Bill Gertz - Iran is continuing to develop missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons despite an interim agreement on its nuclear programs, according to a Pentagon report that was due in January but released this week. "Although Iran has paused progress in some areas of its nuclear program and fulfilled its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action, it continues to develop technological capabilities that also could be applicable to nuclear weapons, including ballistic missile development," a one-page unclassified summary of the report says. Iran’s military also continues to threaten the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon report said. "Iran continues to develop its capabilities to control the Strait of Hormuz and avenues of approach in the event of a military conflict," the report said, adding that Tehran is "quietly fielding increasingly lethal weapon systems, including more advanced naval mines, small but capable submarines, armed unmanned aerial vehicles, coastal defense cruise missile batteries, attack craft, and anti-ship missiles." Tehran’s support for terrorism also has not stopped, according to the Pentagon. "Iran’s covert activities appear to be continuing unabated," the report says. "The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) remains a key tool of lran’s foreign policy and power projection, particularly in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Yemen."

2015-06-04 00:00:00

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