March 29, 2017

Iran hits back after US adds more sanctions for missile test

06 February 2017, 01:02 | Elizabeth Houston

US puts Iran 'on notice' and here's the reaction

Donald Trump warns Iran it's been 'put on notice' as tensions between two countries reach boiling point over

Washington sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities on February 3 after the White House put Iran "on notice" over a ballistic-missile test and other activities.

The United States on Friday announced sanctions on multiple entities and individuals involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and providing support to a military force in Iran. The sanctions target more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened Iran over its ballistic missile test that violated a UN Security Council resolution.

The measures come a day after President Trump said "nothing is off the table" in dealing with Iran.

Also on Friday, Iran announced a ban against USA wrestlers from competing at a championship in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah later this month.

"We're in a deliberative process", the White House official said.

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The government confirmed on Wednesday that it had test-fired a new ballistic missile on Sunday.

"The amateur and irrational policies of the new USA administration will change nothing about the principles of Iranian politics", the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Tehran said it was not in contravention of a nuclear deal, but the new USA ambassador to the United Nations called the test "unacceptable".

Iran's state media said the Revolutionary Guards were testing out their missile systems, radars, command centres and cyber warfare systems in a show of defiance. While such an approach could satisfy hawks in Washington who were never comfortable with President Barack Obama's tentative rapprochement with Iran, it could also unsettle domestic Iranian politics as President Hassan Rouhani seeks re-election in May.

This is the first known Iranian ballistic missile test under the Trump presidency, but Iran conducted similar tests during the Obama administration.

Iran has a formidable arsenal of thousands of short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles capable of reaching Israel and other USA allies in the Middle East, as well as American bases. "Not me!", Trump had tweeted.

In response, Trump vowed to stop the North from mastering such ICBM capabilities, saying that the North's development of a nuclear missile capable of striking the U.S. While the tests do not contravene the nuclear accord signed in 2015, they are seen by some nations as going against a UN Security Council resolution that enshrines the agreement.

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