Doesn’t matter. They are thumbing their nose at the West in a move that is the international sovereign equivalent of a 9 year-old on the school yard shaking his hips and shouting, “Na-na-na-na-na-nah!”
This regime sees the West as weak and incapable of doing anything reasonable. As far as America is concerned, we are a joke to them.
They may be scared of our technological sovereignty. But when it comes to the fortitude required to stop them, they know we don’t have it.
Think about an Iran armed with ICBMs. Now consider that they will be spending some cash on items like submarines and jets from the Russians. What do you think those will gain them? Perhaps the ability to challenge American control of the Persian Gulf; most notably, the Strait of Hormuz.
UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia all rely on American naval superiority in the Gulf. And until Iranian sanctions were lifted, that was all but assured.
Now, who knows.
And by the way… the Emad missle they just test? Yeah, it can deliver a nuke.