Following Iran’s first ballistic missile test since President Donald Trump took office, the president took action that Barack Obama should have before he left office. Given their ballistic missile tests are violating the UN resolution prohibiting them from doing so, Donald Trump announced that Iran was being put “on notice.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
It wasn’t long before that notice was turned into action.
On Friday, new sanctions were put in place, marking what officials called an end of an era in which the U.S. was “too tolerant of Iran’s bad behavior.” A ban “was levied on banking transfers against 25 Iranians and companies that officials said assisted in Iran’s ballistic missile program and support of terrorist groups.”
Iran is playing with fire – they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them. Not me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
And how did Iran respond? By giving us even more reason to never trust them.
As the Jerusalem Post reported:
“Only seven minutes is needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv,” senior member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and former Revolutionary Guard official, Majtaba Zonour, told semi-official Fars News Agency Saturday.
His comments follow days of heated exchanges between US and Iranian officials.
The US issued the new penalties in response to several Iranian missile launches that international powers say are in violation of Iran’s obligations.
Iran responded forcefully, proceeding with a military exercise that further tested its missile radar capabilities.
Iran’s officials vowed to continue launching “roaring missiles,” which they characterized as defensive in nature. And they targeted US President Donald Trump himself calling him “reckless” and inexperienced.
In a statement, US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said Iran’s “belligerent and lawless” behavior across the Middle East had only increased since it agreed to a deal with six foreign nations meant to govern its nuclear program for more than a decade.
“The international community has been too tolerant of Iran’s bad behavior. The ritual of convening a United Nations Security Council in an emergency meeting and issuing a strong statement is not enough,” Flynn said.
Iran last Saturday condemned the US visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries as an “open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation” and vowed to retaliate.
Sounds like a threat, doesn’t it? That’s because Iran has been thinking this way the entire time — the U.S. just never pressured them to the point where they openly told us they’d defy us (aside from all those “death to America” chants, perhaps).
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]