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Published: Fri, February 03, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

USA threats over Iran missile test 'useless,' Khamenei adviser says


National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's administration is "officially putting Iran on notice", and senior administration officials later refused to rule out military action against the Islamic Republic.

President Trump is putting Iran "on notice" in retaliation to the country's recent ballistic missile testing and continued support of Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Iran's Foreign Ministry insisted Tuesday that Sunday's missile test was "solely for defensive purposes", and not a violation of the UN Security Council resolution which bars Iran from testing "ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

Iran additionally claimed the missile test also did not breach a U.N. Security Council resolution endorsing the nuclear agreement between Tehran and six major world powers including America.

German newspaper Die Welt, citing unspecified intelligence sources, reported on Thursday that Iran had tested a home-made cruise missile called "Sumar" that is capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Ryan said he believes the Obama administration was too lenient with Iran, suggesting the weaker approach possibly enabled the country to be "far more activist than it otherwise would be".

Spokespeople for the White House, the State Department and the Treasury Department had no immediate comment.

The problem is that this is not simply a pact between the U.S. and Iran, but rather between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (Britain, France, Russia, China, and the US) plus Germany.

A United States official said Iran had test-launched the medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday and it exploded after travelling 1,010km.

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"We haven't taken any different posture then we had prior to Sunday's (missile) launch", said Army Maj.

The controversial president also accused the Iranian regime of being ungrateful for "the awful deal the USA made with them".

The White House put Iran "on notice" after Tehran conducted a ballistic missile-test launch, but the oil markets haven't shown any reaction to the threat on one of the world's largest crude producers.

"This is not the first time that an inexperienced person has threatened Iran", CNBC quoted Velayati as saying on Thursday (2 February).

After Flynn dropped his rebuke against Iran, The Guardian revealed how Secretary of Defense General James Mattis preemptively asked Flynn to "soften his language about Iran", so the statement was likely even harsher than what Flynn actually uttered.

"I am very encouraged by the seriousness with which President Trump is approaching the full range of threats Iran poses to American interests".

"The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's maligned actions including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of global norms", Flynn said.

Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is predicting the United State will engage in a "coordinated, multi-faceted effort to push back" against the country's most recent ballistic missile test and "other destabilizing actions" in the Middle East. "Iran would not allow others to decide on its defence programme".

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