Defiant Iran in missile exercise day after US sanctions
- Author: Aubrey Nash Feb 06, 2017,
Feb 06, 2017, 1:01
The US treasury department published a list of 13 individuals and 12 entities facing new restrictions for supporting the missile programme, having links to terrorism or providing support for Iran's hardline Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
"Today the US sanctioned 25 individuals and entities that provide support to Iran's ballistic missile program and the Islamic Revolutionary Quds Force".
WASHINGTON-The Trump administration is set to impose fresh sanctions on dozens of Iranian entities for their alleged role in missile development and terrorism, in a move likely to escalate US tensions with Tehran, according to people close to the deliberations.
During the campaign, President Donald Trump criticized the nuclear deal that the Obama administration brokered with Iran and said he would negotiate a "better" deal, without offering specifics.
The accusation that Iran violated the nuclear accord was also made by Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "It does no good to dismiss it and at the same time I don't see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time", he said.
Iran said in its statement that its missile program is purely conventional and only developed to serve defensive purposes.
"I think what this administration is doing, which I agree with, is saying, 'We have a new administration, and we're going to hold you, Iran, to account, '" he said.
Iran remains "unmoved by threats", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said via Twitter on Friday evening.
The US government has warned the new sanctions will not be the last.
He tweeted that Mr Obama had been "kind" to Iran and they were not appreciative of that. "Not me!", Trump tweeted February 3.
Asked if he's willing to consider a military option, Trump said Thursday that "nothing is off the table".
Iran has test-fired various ballistic missiles since its July 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and it's unclear, from a technological standpoint, what is different about the latest launch. He said the US government is now putting the Iranian government "on notice".
Those targeted by the Treasury Department include various agents, companies and associates involved in procuring ballistic missile technology for Iran.