Iran has been openly hostile to the United States of America for decades, and American leaders have postured, but done very little to counter the extreme views. President Donald Trump’s administration may change that. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn appeared at a press conference last night and blasted the Iranian regime.
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Iran’s tested a ballistic missile earlier this week. The test launch wasn’t successful, but U.S. Officials have criticized the launch, noting that it is in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution.
Shortly after, a group of Houthi rebels off the coast of Yemen piloted a suicide bomb on board a boat into the side of a Saudi warship. The Houthi rebels are backed by Iran. After video of the attack surfaced, the narration appeared to suggest that the bombers believed the ship was American.
“As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice,” Flynn said from the White House press conference. No one is familiar with this term, apart from its idiomatic undertones. Yet the rhetoric, even if it isn’t backed by easily understood foreign policy connotations, has some praising the hard line the new administration is taking against Iran.
“The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk,” he said.
Flynn did not provide any explanation of what might be done, but officials spoke on background told CNN. “We are considering a whole range of options. We’re in a deliberative process,” one said.
Options could include further financial restrictions, or even more sanctions. President Trump’s supporters are hoping to see something more effective than sanctions, which have had very little effect on the bellicose talk of Iran’s leaders.
For its part, Iran’s Foreign Ministry claims the missile test was “solely for defensive purposes.” They don’t believe the launch constituted a violation of the UN Security Council resolution, even though the missile was, as the U.N. resolution forbids, a “ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”