06 February, 2017
"Today the USA sanctioned 25 individuals and entities that provide support to Iran's ballistic missile program and the Islamic Revolutionary Quds Force".
The new move targets several networks and supporters of Iran's ballistic missile procurement, including a critical Iranian procurement agent and eight individuals and entities. The entities include companies based in Tehran, the UAE, Lebanon and China.
I and others have written about how Defense Secretary James Mattis might act as a restraint on Flynn, but I don't think that's the case with Iran.
"The important thing here is we are communicating that Iranian behavior needs to be rethought by Tehran, that we consider these actions to be inherently destabilizing and a threat to our friends and allies".
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"This is not the first time that an inexperienced person has threatened Iran", said Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser on foreign affairs. On Tuesday, the new US ambassador to the United nations, Nikki Haley, called the test "unacceptable".
"Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them". Trump had said in his election campaign that he would restrict missile programme of Iran.
The measures are likely to replicate actions by former president Barack Obama's administration, which targeted firms and the Revolutionary Guard's missile command after previous tests. "Not me!", Trump tweeted February 3.
The country said it will deploy missiles and carry out maneuvers aimed at demonstrating its "complete preparedness to deal with the threats" and "humiliating sanctions" from Washington.
Relations between the USA and Iran have deteriorated since Trump took office on January 20, promising a more aggressive line on what he views as Iranian belligerency towards United States interests and allies. While Saudi Arabia and the ousted government in Yemen insist the Houthi rebels are Iranian-backed, and the claim is often repeated unsourced by various US media outlets, no substantive evidence of the claim has materialized.