London, 14 May - In a written testimony by Daniel Coats, US Director of National Intelligence, for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday, he described the growing threat of Iran's missile program. “Iran's ballistic missiles are inherently capable of delivering WMD [weapons of mass destruction], and Tehran already has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East,” he wrote, adding, “We judge that Tehran would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons, if it builds them.” Coats also noted, “Iran continues to be the foremost state sponsor of terrorism.”

Iranian leaders announced earlier this week, that two “home-made” satellites are set to be launched in the next few months. Officials are are concerned that they will be used as cover for continued work on missile technology.

In his testimony, Coats wrote, “Tehran's desire to deter the United States might drive it to field an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Progress on Iran's space program could shorten a pathway to an ICBM because space launch vehicles use similar technologies.”

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was implemented in January 2016. This agreement between Iran and the US, the EU and other world leaders was meant to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program would be peaceful.

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