By: WND Radio 

Vice President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States “will act” if Iran’s test firing of ballistic missiles is proven to violate the terms of the nuclear agreement the U.S. and five other nations struck with Iran last year, but a congressional leader on the issue says the world shouldn’t hold its breath.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard test-fired multiple missiles. Later reports indicated the missiles contained a message written in Hebrew. “Israel should be wiped off the Earth” was the purported message.

Vice President Joe Biden was in Israel at the time. At a joint press conference, Biden stressed America’s commitment to Israel’s security and said the U.S. will act if Iran’s activities did, in fact, breach the nuclear agreement.

“All their conventional activity outside the deal, which is still beyond the deal, we will and are attempting to act wherever we can find it,” Biden said.

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. He suspects Biden’s vow is just empty rhetoric.

“We’re not going to do anything,” said Poe, in reference to the Obama administration.

Biden’s wording about the nuclear agreement could be telling, because Poe said Iran’s missile tests didn’t violate that deal.

“The nuclear agreement with Iran does not include the testing or not testing of missiles,” Poe said. “There’s a U.N. resolution prohibiting Iran from testing intercontinental ballistic missiles, but it is not part of the Iranian deal.”

So while Iran is violating a United Nations Security Council resolution, Poe suspects the most the world will see is ineffective bluster.

“What is the U.N. going to do? They’re not going to do anything,” Poe said. “We should have the capability, and we do, to interpose our own unilateral sanctions against the ballistic missile testing. But we’ve backed away from the sanctions. I don’t see anything happening on this at all.”

He said the Obama administration was tacitly admitting in the nuclear agreement that Iran would ultimately end up with the very weapons the U.S. doesn’t want it to have.

“We as a country have made it our policy to allow them to get nuclear weapons within 10 years from the deal,” Poe said. “Exactly where they are right now, I cannot say.”