The new Iran missile threat

Transcript Highlights:

“Well, I think it’s a very serious threat. It would not require much at for Iran to be able to increase the range of the missiles systems it has. Indeed, if you look at North Korea’s launches over the past couple of years, they can already exceed the range it would take to launch from Iran and hit targets in Europe and I think that Iran could purchase whatever it needs from North Korea. It’s really quite interesting that when people in Europe see themselves coming into range, get upset about Security Council resolutions.”

“I’ll tell you, there are three deals that go together. The nuclear deal, the missile deal, and the hostage deal. So all of this was part of one negotiation. It may have taken place in different locations and whatnot, but they all came together at the same time. That’s why I think the people who focus on missiles are not talking about something unrelated to the nuclear deal. And that’s why it is a threat.”

“Absolutely, it’s one of the reasons why all of the resolutions and this annex B to 2231 is more a loop than prohibition. And particularly the part you read about missiles designed for carrying nuclear warheads. The Iranians simply say, “Well we don’t have a nuclear warhead program. Therefore none of our missiles are designed to carry them.” It’s an embarrassment, should be, to John Kerry and Barack Obama who negotiated it. But I think even more importantly, it shows what Iran thinks of agreements, Security Council resolutions. They couldn’t care less.”

“I think Iran continues both its nuclear program and its missile program, both of them quite likely in conjunction with North Korea. I think the president should go the next step in December. Congress isn’t going to do anything to fix the nuclear agreement and nobody should be holding their breath for that. I think the president should take the next step. Abrogate the deal. Create a new reality and bring Europe into realizing that they are just as much a target, or could be, as we are.”


Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.