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UN: Iran Advancing Ballistic Missile Work – Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi
(dailyalert.org, May 16, 2014)

A new report by the UN Panel of Experts, which monitors compliance with the UN sanctions regime against Iran, said that, apart from holding off on test-firing one type of rocket, Iran shows no sign of putting the brakes on the expansion of its missile program. “Iran is continuing development of its ballistic missile and space programs,” the experts said.

“A new missile launch site 40 km. (25 miles) from the city of Shahrud was identified in August 2013. A larger launch complex is assessed to be close to completion at the Imam Khomeini Space Center at Semnan for ballistic missiles and satellite launch vehicles.” The report also cited what it described as the June 2013 opening of the Imam Sadeq Observation and Monitoring Center for monitoring space objects, including satellites.

“Analysis of Iran’s ballistic missile program remains a challenge. With the exception of several launches, periodic displays of hardware and one recent revelation of a new ballistic launch facility, the program is opaque and not subject to the same level of transparency that Iran’s nuclear activities are under IAEA safeguards.”  (Reuters)

See also U.S.: Big Gaps Remain in Iran Nuclear Talks – Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl

A senior U.S. official on Tuesday cautioned against excessive optimism over nuclear talks with Iran. “I’ve read a lot of the optimism you’ve written…it’s gotten way out of control,” the official told reporters. “Just because we will be drafting [an agreement] certainly does not mean an agreement is imminent or that we are certain to eventually get to a resolution of these issues,” the official added. (Reuters)


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