'World’s ability to limit Iran's missiles fading'

Israeli missile defense expert warns that Tehran's program is becoming increasingly self-reliant.

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
February 5, 2012 03:04
2 minute read.
IRGC launches surface-to-surface missile [file]

Revolutionary Guards launch surface-to-surface missile 390 R. (photo credit: Rauf Mohseni/Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

WASHINGTON – Iran’s missile program is becoming increasingly self-reliant, lessening the ability of the international community to limit its capabilities, the architect of Israel’s missile defense system warned on Friday.

As Iran’s technological know-how and its skill at constructing its own components grows, Western countries have fewer opportunities to delay its program by refusing to sell Tehran equipment or by supplying faulty parts, said Uzi Rubin, who founded the Defense Ministry’s Israel Missile Defense Association.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“It is less and less dependent on outside skill,” Rubin told the Foundation for Defense of Democracies before heading to Capitol Hill to brief lawmakers later in the day.

“Today Iran can avoid all those export controls quite easily,” he continued, adding that currently, despite the economic sanctions, the country’s access to money is sufficient to “buy all they want.”

Rubin wouldn’t offer a timetable for how long it would take Iran to not only develop a nuclear weapon, but produce it in a form suitable for putting on a warhead, and then constructing the warhead itself. But he did say the time is “very short.”

Producing an intercontinental ballistic missile might take longer, but Rubin assessed that the Islamic Republics’s interest would be satisfied simply by posing a credible threat to the US homeland rather than in actually deploying an ICBM.

“Iran would love to be in a deterrent situation with the United States. That makes it a superpower,” said Rubin, who now heads a defense consulting firm.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


He urged US political leaders to work to secure missile stocks in Middle East countries roiled by the Arab Spring.

He described missiles held in countries such as Syria as “really capable” and ones that could pose a grave challenge to the West.

“If you don’t take care of them, those missiles will end up in places that are bad for Israel and bad for the US,” Rubin said.

More than regime change, “What frightens me really is regime collapse.”

He explained that in that situation the fate of the missiles would be much more tenuous.

Rubin added that he wasn’t arguing to keep Bashar Assad in power for the sake of stability.

“Assad should go,” he stressed. “But for God’s sake, if he goes, let’s keep those stockpiles under control.”

Click here for full Jpost coverage of the Iranian threat

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Bushehr nuclear Iranian
August 5, 2014
Iran and the bomb: The future of negotiations

By YONAH JEREMY BOB