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Iran’s Leader Threatens Israel’s Security in Video Showing Missile Launches


Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei threatened Israel on Monday and suggested neither the recently completed nuclear deal nor President Obama could ensure the country’s safety.

A Twitter account run by the Iranian leader issued the following threat against Israeli security:

Included with the tweet was a video in which Khamenei is seen directly contradicting President Obama’s promise to “strengthen Israel’s security.” The brief clip, which contains numerous shots of launching missiles, ends with Khamenei speaking the same message as the tweet (via subtitles): “Israel’s security will not be ensured whether there will be a nuclear agreement or not.”

The imagery in the clip is significant. It comes as Iran insists the nuclear agreement has no impact on their ability to produce ballistic missiles. Fars News reported Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, said of the deal Tuesday, “Within this framework, Iran’s military capabilities, including its ballistic missiles, are exclusively for legitimate defense; these equipment have not been designed for the capability to carry nuclear payloads and thus, fall outside the scope and the jurisdiction of the UNSC resolution and its annexes.”


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