Im gonna have to go with yes... Why? Because lets convince everyone (well the bulk of the Romulan NPCs anyways) that tinkering with an ancient Iconian gate is a great idea then, despite mounting evidence there are catastrophic risks, lets turn it on!! YEAH! No way in which this carefully laid plan, on a short timetable, could possibly go wrong. I quantify it as an experiment on its citizens since it was risking the entire population they just convinced to colonize here.
*pats you on the head* Cute, but still a phail. Go back and replay that mission, and pay closer attention.