President Declares Iran “On Notice”
Iran tells US it promises to “vigorously continue its missile activity and would not bow to threats from the United States. Aki Akbar Velayati one of the senior adviser’s to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, dismissed the “extremism” of President Donald Trump, who declared Iran was “on notice” after it test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday. Tensions between the US and Iran have been simmering since the election of Trump. The President has been a harsh critic of the nuclear deal with Iran. The deal was brokered by the Obama administration.
US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said that Iran’s recent test was a “provocative” breach of a UN Security Council resolution. Trump tweeted, “Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!” Velayati dismissed Trump’s “baseless ranting” and said that even Americans were not satisfied with “Trump’s extremism,” according to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.
Velayati blasted Trump as lacking sufficient experience, saying he should
“take lessons from his predecessor, Barack Obama. Those who threaten the Muslim world should take a look at the US’ failures in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.” Velayai also said that all test-fired missiles were defensive and that Iran did not need permission to carry out such activities.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that the missile test was not a violation of the UN Security Council resolution, which bars Iran from testing “ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.” The country has tested several ballistic missiles since the nuclear agreement was reached in 2015. In March, 2016 Iran test fired two missiles with the words, “Israel must be wiped off the Earth,” written on them in Hebrew. That launch was condemned by the US.
Flynn did not say whether the US would take action beyond a verbal warning. Three senior administration officials, speaking on background, said that they were still in the early stages of determining what action the US should take in response. One official said, “We are considering a whole range of options. We’re in a deliberative process.”