The Trump administration on Wednesday continued its tough talk on a recent Iranian missile test, with national secrurity adviser Michael Flynn saying at a White House press briefing, “We are officially putting Iran on notice.”
Flynn spoke briefly at the briefing, then stepped away from the podium. Asked what Flynn meant by “putting Iran on notice,” Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said, “We wanted to make very clear that we felt that their actions were both provocative and in violation.”
Spicer said more information would be provided in a briefing later.
“Recent Iranian actions involving a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran’s destabilizing behavior across the entire Middle East,” Flynn said.
He said the missile launch was done in defiance of a UN Security Council resolution. He said those were just the latest in a series of incidents in the past six months.
He said the Trump administration condemned such actions.
In these and other similar activities, “Iran continues to threaten US friends and allies in the region,” he said.
He said Trump had criticized agreements reached between the Obama administration, the United Nations, and Iran.
“Instead of being thankful to the United States in these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice,” he said.
Iran’s defense minister said Wednesday that his country had recently carried out a missile test, days after the White House said it was looking into reports of a ballistic missile launch.
Gen. Hossein Dehghan was quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency as saying ‘‘the recent missile test is in line with our plans and we will not let any foreigner meddle with our defense issues.’’ He did not say when the test was carried out or specify the type of missile, but said the test was not in violation of UN resolutions or the 2015 nuclear accord.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.