The Trump administration has put Iran on notice. On Thursday, Iran reacts by vowing that it would not bow to threats from the United States and would continue its missile activity. Speaking to reporters in Tehran, the Iranian adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, dismissed what he called the US leader’s “baseless ranting” and said that even Americans were not satisfied with “Trump’s extremism.” That came from Iran’s official Fars News Agency. The senior adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, criticized the “extremism” of President Donald Trump, who declared that Iran was “on notice” after it test-fired a ballistic missile Sunday. Isn’t it ironic Iran can call anyone extreme, considering its state religion Islam exhibits extremism?Trump declined to rule out the prospect of military action against the Islamic republic.
“Nothing’s off the table,” he said.
Since President Trump’s election, the two countries have been sniping at each other. Trump has been a harsh critic of the nuclear deal with Iran. He has said on several occasions; “the Obama administration brokered a bad deal for America.”
Last week, Trump announced a temporary travel ban on nationals from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries, barring them from entering the United States. Iran, a known state sponsor of terror, was, of course, named. Iran then also said Americans are banned from Iran. This is ironic since Americans do not often travel to Iran for fear of being jailed. Several American Iranians have been imprisoned during the Obama administration. I doubt this ‘American ban’ means much to the U.S.
On Wednesday, US national security adviser Michael Flynn called Iran’s test a “provocative” breach of a UN Security Council resolution. The history of Iran and the United States has always been strained.
Trump tweeted Thursday that “Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE” and should have been “thankful” for the “terrible deal.”
In a tit for tat move, 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 US failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, he added.
He said that all test-fired missiles were defensive and that Iran did not need to seek permission to carry out such activities.
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted Tuesday that this week’s test was not a violation of the Security Council resolution barring Iran from testing “ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.” You see this is the danger of having been lenient with Iran. Many in the media said it was a violation of their agreement with the U.S.
Iran has tested several ballistic missiles since the nuclear agreement was struck in 2015. In March, Iran test-fired two missiles with the words “Israel must be wiped off the Earth” written on them in Hebrew. The United States condemned that launch.
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