Tension Between U.S. and Israel Over Ballistic Missile Tests

February 2, 2017

 

There is now tension between the U.S. and Iran. On Sunday, Iran tested a medium-range ballistic missile that failed — exploding by itself after traveling 630 miles. 

The National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said it was a provocative breach of a U.N. Security Council resolution that said Iran can’t do those kinds of tests. 

The U.N. resolution specially says that they can’t test ballistic missiles that are capable of delivering nuclear warheads. 

Flynn said Iran was “put on notice” and that they are looking at various options to respond to Iran. 

Today President Trump tweeted that Iran is “put on notice” for filing a ballistic missile. 

[Tweet: 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!”]

President Trump also said “nothing is off the table” when asked if military action against Iran was off the table. There are reports that the U.S. will put more sanctions on iran. 

An Iranian government representative responded by said Trump was ranting and that the missiles were a part of Iranian defensive activities and that they didn’t need to seek permission. 
They have also warned the U.S. by saying if they retaliated, they would consider them in violation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The deal was made by the Obama administration that reduced economic sanctions against them in exchange for them to give up their nuclear program. Previously Trump has criticized this deal, calling it the stupidest deal of all time, and he has said he would undo the deal. 

It is not the first time Iran has test-fired ballistic missiles. The Obama administration did impose sanctions on 11 Iran-related people/organizations last year in response to missile tests. Some unconfirmed reports say in March of last year, Iran test-fired missiles that were marked with a statement in Hebrew that said, “Israel must be wiped off the Earth.” 

Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu said there needs to be a response to Iranian’s aggression. 

The relationship between the U.S. and Iran has been strained twice in the two weeks of Trump’s presidency with the refugee/visa ban and the warning about the missile tests.

 

 

 

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