Did Trump Scare Iran: Tehran Reportedly Pulls Missile From Launchpad Following Launch Prep

Tyler Durden's picture

In what - if confirmed - may be the clearest indication that Trump's Iranian escalation gambit has worked, Iran has allegedly removed a powerful missile from a launchpad east of Tehran within the past few days, Fox News reported, around the time the US imposed new sanctions on 25 Iranian individuals and entities, as U.S. and Iran continued trading public barbs about the Islamic Republic's missile tests and nuclear ambitions.

Citing a satellite image taken on February 3 from ImageSat International and verified by U.S. officials, Iran was preparing a Safir missile for launch, the same type that Iran has previously used to put a satellite into space. The last time Iran launched a Safir missile was two years ago. 

Satellite image from ImageSat International.

But in a surprising about face, Fox News learned Tuesday morning that Iran’s missile had been removed from the launchpad amid a flurry of activity on the launchpad which U.S. officials have been watching closely. It was not immediately clear why.

Satellite image from ImageSat International.

On Jan. 29, Iran launched a new type of medium-range ballistic missile prompting an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Jan. 31. A day later the White House issued a strongly worded statement from National Security Adviser Mike Flynn putting Iran "on notice." Days later, American intelligence officials watched as Iran quickly cleaned up the site and prepared another missile on the same launch pad near Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran, before it was removed.

While it is unclear of Iran has taken the first step to de-escalate military tensions, it would come at a strange time. On Tuesday, Iran's Supreme Leader issued a new warning to the White House about the coming 38th anniversary of Iran's Revolution this Friday. "No enemy can paralyze the Iranian nation," Khamenei said. "[Trump] says 'you should be afraid of me'. No! The Iranian people will respond to his words on Feb. 10 and will show their stance against such threats," as reported earlier.

On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called Iran’s recent ballistic missile launch “very dangerous” and said the launch “should not have happened,” and agreed with President Trump that new sanctions on the Islamic Republic were needed. Also Sunday, Iran fired off five advanced surface-to-air missiles as part of a military exercise Sunday. The Iranian Sayyad, or "Hunter", missiles were launched from Dasht-e Kavir, a remote area 45 miles south of Semnan, the location of last week's ballistic missile launch. Officials said the tests were successful.

If confirmed, expect much more "diplomatic" jawboning from Twitter Trump in the coming weeks, as the president's policies of global intimidation seem to be bearing fruit.

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Rainman's picture

The " MadMan Theory of Diplomacy " was an old Nixon favorite tactic as I recall. 

Stuck on Zero's picture

I'm a bit confused. Did the agreement between Obama and Iran prohibit missile development by Iran?

pathosattrition's picture

Not even a little. This is warmongering by the residual neocons, like Flynn.

mofreedom's picture

That missle just needed a little more polishing if you know what I mean.

They weird Fs over there.

svayambhu108's picture

There is a thing where you read the present and future in a turd is called scatomancy.

They could have as well tested how fast they deploy that thing. I like the experts reading shit from satelite photos and failing to see the fucking obvious. 

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Anyone note that ZH is anti-neocon, mainstream narrative on Ukraine/Russia and Syria...

BUT ZIOHEDGE as to Iran?

Why its just like the Kushner/Trump regime.

As for Iran:


The Moon and antiwar are worth reading to de-Zionize the bullshit from Breitbart and ZH.

Because Team Trump, and Chabad Lubavitch, are as ZioJewwy full of shit as the Book of Exodus.

And as Nutty Lyin' Yahoo


Brazen Heist's picture

Must be all the Evangelical Christians who are awaiting the second coming in Israel and all that, Iran kinda stands in the way of their prophecy.

Expect retarded anti-Iran hysteria from Pence, Flynn and Mattis and by extension Trump.

The Neocon influence is pathological and runs deep.

enough of this's picture

U.N. resolution 2231 -- put in place days after the Iran nuclear deal was signed bars Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years and went into effect July 20, 2015.

Iran is "called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology," according to the text of the resolution.  To get around the sanction, Iran says its ballistic test missiles are not capable of carrying nuclear warheads, which is total bullshit.


Akzed's picture

"...bars..." and "...is called upon..." be two different things. The UN can go to hell for my part, but words mean things.

Dimwit's picture

"I'm a bit confused", so am I, just checked the Images 'Properties' and the Root Date was,


Why is this?

Update, the date was 2017/01/15

using firefox right click image,Image Info,general info.


ipsprez's picture

It prohibits development of missile technology that could be used to deliver nuclear warheads so a very broad definition that Iran is interpreting narrowly.

pathosattrition's picture

Here I was, hoping the Iranians had the balls to step up to this blatantly illegal attack on their sovereignty and right to self-defense. The agreement clearly doesn't ban conventional weapons testing. If this rocket was previously used to launch a satellite, then testing it is certainly allowed within the nuclear agreement.

mofreedom's picture

A satellite for better resolution child-ish(ick) watching was not part of the agreement...or was it under Obama and the PIZZA dems?

Laddie's picture

Iran Backs Off Aggressive Stance Toward Donald Trump After “Getting to Know His Policies”

This was written yesterday and posted very early this morning.
This appears to be the truth. However the Tribe RULES the USSA no matter who wins. Trump is doing good, so far, and I like him.
But IRAN is the #1 Target, with Syria a close second, for the Tribe.

Let's all worry about a missile that couldn't reach the USA and btw Iran has NEVER started a war.
Let's trust our bestest buddies in the whole wide world:

Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German Submarines - SPIEGEL ONLINE 06/03/2012

In 2003 the cost of Israel to US Taxpayers was THREE TRILLION DOLLARS!

BTW the US Taxpayer suckers pay for the Israeli wall.
As American Jews Try to Thwart TRUMPWALL, Israel Expands Their Own Wall

GUS100CORRINA's picture
Did Trump Scare Iran?

YES!!! The only way to deal with an ISLAMIC TERRORIST REGIME is from a position of STRENGTH.

pathosattrition's picture

According to the USA, the only way to deal with an Islamic Terrorist Regime is to fund and arm them. See: Al Qaeda, FSA, Saudi Arabia, ISIS, etc. 

Vuke's picture

What is with the anti-Iran hysteria?  They haven't invaded anyone for 2400 years yet are demonized as the world's greatest terrorist nation by a country that has sponsored more invasions and killings since WW 2 than ever imagined by any one else.  Trump got that one right.

sinbad2's picture

Funny how the US has such clear pictures of Iran, but could never come up with any pics of the plane shot down in Ukraine.

The US deliberately killed hundreds of innocent civilians on MH17, just so it could badmouth Russia, such cunts.

AtATrESICI's picture

Lots of things are "funny" I mean everything is bull shit fake reality for plebs. The #Owners need not be impeded in matters of rule.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

sinbad2 ...

While I don't know if your facts are TRUE or NOT, you mistakenly declare the US deliberately killed innocent civilians. I am a US citizen and I didn't direct my government to do that kind of thing.

The correct thing to have stated would be that under the OBAMA/CLINTON REIGN OF TERROR a lot of bad things may have occurred. That situation has now been corrected.

Probably why GOD replaced the DESPOTS with a REPROBATE MIND with men who are honorable in their deeds. 

"Obama the Murdering Muslim" and HRC will have their day of reckoning where they will be made to pay for their crimes.

vato poco's picture

hey now, let's make sure we give credit to the right guys. "OBAMA deliberately killed hundreds of..."

BarnacleBill's picture

Welllll... I think the most likely perpetrator was the Ukrainian government, with the US giving it a free pass. Not quite the same as the US doing it themselves.

detached.amusement's picture

So Tony Soprano wasnt responsible for his ordering his lackeys to do a hit.  Gotcha.

Fiscal Smegma's picture

That's what happens when you put'em on notice

scv's picture

netanyahoo called him, he ignored him, IS jumped on a plane and came to dc the next week, and t snubbd again.

america 1st bitch

orangegeek's picture

See the drone?  See the launch pad? 


See the drone dumping its load on the launch pad?  Oh wait, that hasn't happened ...yet.

SHADEWELL's picture

I say


"Jou wanna play rough hung? okay well say hello to my little FRENN, Either you back this shit down, or you cease to exist"


Your move

scv's picture

democratists, neo cons, neo liberalists love killing babies, even their own

GUS100CORRINA's picture

You are RIGHT and it is called ABORTION!!!!



The REAL PERSON who should be HUNG is Ms. Cecile Richards


brianshell's picture

Picture the news report. Iranian missle explodes in sky. Witnesses claim a red laser beam was seen.

Target practice.

shamus001's picture

Well, lets not party quite yet.  I suggest waiting until the 10th to see what they do?

Winston Churchill's picture

How many $ got delivered ?

sinbad2's picture

None Winston, the Iranians wouldn't take a dump on US dollars.

Joebloinvestor's picture

They could be refitting the type of payload or warhead.

Nobody should get cocky with their speculations.imo


Which way to the beach's picture

"They could be refitting the type of payload or warhead." Hoping they reconfigure the missle with a payload of John McCain strapped to it and aimed it at Idlib. He does seem to love their freedom idea of freedom.



sinbad2's picture

There could be a thousand reasons, it means nothing. Americas response just makes the US look desperate.

Savyindallas's picture

Putin probably told Iran to back off. Tillerson and Lavrov are likely working out a diplomatic solution. 

johnnycanuck's picture

Send a Carrier group through the St. of Hormuz to see if El Donaldo scared them.

Laughing.Man's picture

There was always a carrier group in the area.  They are emboldened because they have the backing of both Russia and China now.  I believe Iran's message sent via Houthi rebels was understood, if there is any truth to the report of a missile strike into a Saudi military base from Yemen.  In all likelihood, they were advised either by the Russians or Chinese to back off a bit.

sinbad2's picture

The US has not had a major ship in the Persian Gulf since the Pentagon worked out the Russian Caspian sea fleet could sink the whole 5th fleet in one salvo. The 5th fleet hangs about the Arabian Sea nowadays, just out of range, they think.

Victor999's picture

This could well have been some last minute hitch in the launch sequence.  We need to give this some time to see if the missile is again positioned for launch.  Certainly it is too early for TRUMPets annnouncing victory.

magnetosphere's picture

uhh the obvious first guess is that putin called iran and told them not to allow any excuses for the trump war monger crowd to ratchet up tensions. putin desparately hopes for peace on earth, but it's not clear if he will succeed.

beyondreality's picture

Maybe the Iranian rabble spotted the three drones in the area?

Iran should be turned into a nuclear test site. Any country can participate & there is a 3 nuke limit per country.


Obamas most favored nation. Maybe he will be buying a house there?

BarnacleBill's picture

The real danger is that an attack on Iran by US forces would be regarded by Iran as a proxy attack on behalf of Israel. After all, the US has no bone to pick with Iran - except as Israel's agent. So Iran's retaliation would be to attack Israel, not the USA. [Similarly, any US or NATO attack on Russia would result in retaliation on (selected) European members of NATO, not on the US homeland.]