Timing raises questions
The timing of the Iranian exhibition raises questions, coming as it does on the eve of what could be a crucial round of negotiations toward an agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program.
The Obama administration has said it would insist on including Iran’s long-range-missile program in the agreement as well.
But from the details of the impending agreement that have leaked so far, the Americans and other world powers taking part in the talks seem to have capitulated to Iran’s demand that the missile program is non-negotiable.
The Iranian media reports make no mention of any participation in the missile event by representatives of President Hassan Rouhani, who is eagerly pushing the nuclear deal.
Development of advanced weapons systems is carried out under the auspices of the Islamic Republican Guards Corps, whose commanders oppose a nuclear deal with the West.