Donald Trump Duped By Fake Iranian Missile Test, Officials Say

'What could possibly go wrong?'

The video in question, published by Iran’s state-owned Press TV, purported to show the launch of a Khoramshahr on Saturday, and was lauded by Iran’s leadership and seen as a response to the President’s confrontational UN speech earlier in the week.

Video: #Iran successfully test-fires new ballistic missile

— Press TV (@PressTV) September 23, 2017

The alleged launch was widely reported in the media although it was emphasised that is had not been confirmed.

A BBC report of the purported launch.
A BBC report of the purported launch.

But US officials have since said they did not detect a missile launch and the footage actually shows a failed attempt from January that failed during re-entry.

Breaking: #Iran missile launch claim false, US “picked up no indication” of launch. “As far as we can see it did not happen" - US official

— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) September 25, 2017

It is not clear when this conclusion was reached and if or when the President was briefed but he clearly took the video at face-value on the day.

Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel.They are also working with North Korea.Not much of an agreement we have!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

Initial concern that Trump had tweeted classified information has now turned to concern the President could take action into response to “fake news”.

Fox News is now reporting that this missile launch never happened. The President got duped by an old video from 7 months ago. Good grief.

— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) September 25, 2017

Iranian missile launch Trump tweeted abt was fake news.

What could possibly go wrong with the WH announcing fake missile launches?

— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) September 25, 2017

When reading his tweet I wondered if he was releasing classified info. Not close. Whoops, just Fox News.

— John Dean (@JohnWDean) September 26, 2017

Last week in a thunderous speech, 42 minutes long according to the official transcript, Trump took aim at Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional influence.

He called the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, an embarrassment and hinted that he may not recertify the agreement when it comes up for a mid-October deadline.

“We cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program,” he said. He said the Iranian government “masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted a withering response: “Trump’s ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times - not the 21st Century UN - unworthy of a reply. Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one.”


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