Given the current political, foreign relations, and security environments, testing missiles at this juncture is not the way to ensure your states survival. Despite the testing not being in violation of the JCPOA, Iran is in the middle of negotiations with the other members of the JCPOA and all parties that are still involved are trying to keep the deal alive. This testing should have been put on hold for the time being in order to prevent the other members from getting nervous about the deals longevity, sincerity, and effectiveness. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo immediately called the testing “a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution that is attached to the JCPOA.” Officials in the Goi and Iranian military have all but dismissed the validity of these accusations claiming that the United States violated the agreement first by pulling out of the deal and renewing the sanctions the JCPOA eliminated.

Time will tell if this disagreement will end with a new deal, continuing sanctions, or actions less optimal than the latter.