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Why Is Iran Testing Ballistic Missiles After the Nuclear Deal?

In this analysis piece featured in the July issue of The Tower Magazine, I explain why after the nuclear deal between Iran and the US/EU, Iran continues to test ballistic missiles. Is this a violation as some claim or permissible as others do? The answer is somewhere in between. I explain that Iran is testing missiles for domestic as well as conventional military reasons, but that is not to say it should get a free pass. I suggest that the US and international community should not shy away from continuing to press Iran on its missile and regional activity, while being aware of the possible limitations of such pressure.

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