White House ➠ Russian Missile Sales Even More Reason To Strike Deal With Iran
The air defense missile system that Russia is selling to Iran is not only entirely separate from the pending nuclear deal, but underscores the need to proceed on the agreement, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday.
“Even if we reach an agreement by the end of June, there is still a long list of concerns we have about Iran’s behavior, all separate from the nuclear agreement,” Earnest said.
Russia announced it was still six months away from selling S-300 missiles to Iran, but confirmed lifting the ban on the sale imposed in 2010.
Earnest ticked off Iran’s weapons technology, human rights record and the country’s stance toward Israel as concerns. But he added that’s all the more reason to push the U.S.-led agreement with Britain, France, Russia, China and German to prevent Iran from getting nuclear capabilities.
“All these concerns would be enhanced and more dangerous if we are talking about a nuclear armed Iran,” Earnest said.
Secretary of State John Kerry criticized the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin for lifting the five-year ban, which could give Iran the ability deter air attacks. More