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Official: Iranian Missile Test Could 'Strengthen' U.S. Coalition

By Mary Beth Sheridan
The top White House non-proliferation official says Iran's latest missile test is worrying -- but that there could be a silver lining.

Gary Samore told a lunch of the Arms Control Association today that the test could help persuade skeptics like Russia that Iran is developing dangerous weapons.

He said the test showed Iran had made "significant technical development," in firing a medium-range missile using a solid propellant system instead of liquid fuel.

From a military standpoint, he said, that's important: the missile is "much easier to move around" and "it can be launched on much shorter notice."

The test might convince countries that have been reluctant to penalize Iran that the country's nuclear program isn't just for peaceful energy purposes, as it claims, he said.

"I'm hoping we'll be able to capitalize on the test to strengthen the coalition we already have" that is trying to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, he said.

Samore ticked off what he called several advances in President Obama's ambitious program for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, which was announced in a speech in Prague in April.

The U.S. and Russia have kicked off negotiations on extending the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which expires this December; and there has been progress in "unsticking" a stalemate in talks on an agreement to halt production of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium worldwide, he said. Still, negotiations on the latter treaty probably won't start before the end of the year, he said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 20, 2009; 3:44 PM ET
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I'm not worried about Iranian satellites as much as I'm worried about our own satellite surveillance system. I recently published a book detailing the torture indured by a Texas woman who was victimized by a former FBI agent accessing advanced satellite surveillance technology in order to stalk, drug and rape her. Her story is not unique, it's going on nationwide! See for the book. Everyone should know about this very evil technology.

Posted by: drhall1 | May 21, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

No worries. Obama has given Iran a deadline until the end of the year. The One has spoken and I am sure Iran is dismantling the nuclear facilities as I type this.

Obama has consulted with Jimmy Carter. To ratchet up the pressure Obama will take a tip from Carter's handling of the Iran hostage affair and ask all Americans to turn on their headlights in solidarity. That will show them, Iran will rue the day.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | May 20, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Iran is running 7,00 centrifuges.

If you do the math, there's no way in on God's green earth that its for civilian nuclear power.

I wasn't that worried until I saw this article.

7,000 Centrifuges, and each one's really big.

Now, I constantly feel like throwing up.

They're trying to build an atomic bomb.

Or to be more specific, lots of them.

Nobody needs 7,000 huge centrifuges to make Reactor fuel.

I'm worried that both Israel and America's hands are tied.

If Iran gets nukes, the whole world can kiss its collective rear end goodbye.

Posted by: UniversalHealthCareNow | May 20, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse



• Bush-Cheney "extrajudicial punishment matrix" continues to persecute many thousands of "innocent but targeted" U.S. citizens nationwide...

...a security/military/intel multi-agency coordinated action "hiding in plain sight"...

... As the mainstream media is conveniently distracted by Gitmo "psy ops."

Read the article linked below and please, wake up.

American democracy is being stolen at the grassroots, enabled by ideologically-driven bureaucrats who are subverting the rule of law...

...deploying mind- and body-degrading microwave radiation "directed energy weapons" to neutralize "dissenters" and "undesirables" in the name of "keeping America safe."

OF (if links are corrupted / disabled):


Posted by: scrivener50 | May 20, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s words sound empty since he is always reading a teleprompter, and his actions, especially regarding national security, remind me of Barney Fife.

Posted by: Jerzy | May 20, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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