Though not in violation of the Nuclear Deal, a long-range missile program would pose a threat to Iran’s enemies near and far- including the United States.

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A team of weapons researchers from California believes that they have found striking evidence that Iran is secretly developing long-range missile technology.

According to the New York Times, the analysis of several satellite images of a site in the middle of the dessert indicates that what was once considered a dormant facility is in fact still being used.

Though the researchers cannot say with certainty exactly what work is being conducted there, the satellite images indicate that the Iranian facility is focusing on rocket fuel and advanced missile engines, thus leading experts to believe that Iran is indeed working towards achieving long-range missile capacity.

It would appear that Iran intended to keep their agenda a secret; the work on the site is being done at night, which would explain why international intelligence has yet to pick up on any recent activity. The facility was also being built gradually so as not to attract unwanted attention.

“The investigation highlights some potentially disturbing developments,” Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told the New York Times. Iran, he explained, could potentially be “developing an ICBM five to 10 years down the road, should Tehran wish to do so.”

According to the piece published today (Wednesday), work on a long-range missile program- confidential or otherwise- would not be violating the Iran Nuclear Deal nor any other agreement signed by Iran. It would, however, pose a threat to the international community as well as increase already-heightened tensions between the Shiite country and the United States.