Thursday, February 2, 2017
The Trump Administration Issues A "Warning" To Iran
Criticizing the attitude of former Democratic President Barack Obama towards the Islamic Republic, the White House has shown its determination to be more resolute while remaining evasive about the nature of possible measures to 'study.
"From today we are officially putting Iran on guard," said Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's national security adviser, and former US military intelligence chief, without further details.
A surprising calendar: this warning was launched a few hours before the ex-CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson took the oath to take the reins of American diplomacy.
The Iranian Defense Minister, General Hossein Dehghan, confirmed that a missile "test" had been carried out, while ensuring that it did not contradict either the July 2015 nuclear agreement with six major Powers or with UN Resolution 2231 which ratified it.
The resolution calls on Iran "not to conduct any activities related to ballistic missiles designed to carry a nuclear warhead." Tehran has always claimed that its missiles were not designed for this purpose.
Two days ago, the head of the Iranian diplomacy, Mohammad Javad Zarif, called on the United States not to seek "pretext" to create "new tensions" between the two countries.
The tension between Tehran and Washington, which broke off diplomatic relations in 1980 in the wake of the 1979 Islamic revolution, sharply intensified after the Republican Donald Trump took office on 20 January.
The Iranian government has thus decided to apply the principle of reciprocity after the decision of Washington to prohibit for three months the entry in the United States of the nationals of seven countries with a Muslim majority, of which Iran.
Many Iranians, who are at least a million to live legally in the United States, have been stranded in several airports around the world after this decision called "shameful" by Tehran.
- Agreements with Tehran "ineffective" -
According to the new American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, the missile tested on Sunday could carry a load of 500 kilograms and had a radius of action of 300 kilometers. "It is more than enough to carry a nuclear weapon," she said, promising that the United States would not stand idly by.
Referring to the recent missile strike but also to attacks by Houthis rebels "trained and armed by Iran" against Saudi ships, Flynn said that such acts weakened "security, prosperity, and stability in the Middle East." -Orient and beyond, "and put American lives in danger.
"We are looking at the strategic options," said a US official shortly afterward on condition of anonymity. "We are in our second week, we do not want to act in a way that would reduce our options or contribute unnecessarily to a negative response."
Recalling that Donald Trump had strongly criticized "the various agreements between Iran and the Obama administration" considered "weak and ineffective", Mr. Flynn regretted that Iran feels encouraged by them.
Donald Trump's intentions on Iran's international nuclear agreement, which resulted in the lifting of much of the international sanctions against Tehran, are vague.
During his campaign, the billionaire had promised to "tear" this deal, seen as a diplomatic victory for both Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani.
But since he came to power, he has not taken a clear position on the subject.
In a telephone interview on Monday, Mr. Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia declared themselves for a "rigorous application" of the agreement.