Trump Tweets: 'Iran Has Been Formally PUT ON NOTICE for Firing Ballistic Missile'
by SUSAN JONES
February 2, 2017
In two tweets Thursday morning, President Donald Trump echoed the words of his National Security Director Michael Flynn, who told reporters on Wednesday that "As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice" because of its recent ballistic missile test.
Flynn did not elaborate, nor did Trump in his two tweets on Thursday, as follows:
"Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion."
And: "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!"
Thursday's tweets follow one on Wednesday, in which Trump said: "Iran is rapidly taking over more and more of Iraq even after the U.S. has squandered three trillion dollars there. Obvious long ago!"
The tweets follow confirmation from Iran's defense minister on Wednesday that it had carried out a ballistic missile launch and would "not let any foreigner meddle with our defense issues."
The Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal does not include provisions against missile tests. But the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution last year caling on Iran not to do such tests.
On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the world should be "alarmed" at the Iranian ballistic missile test and she said Iran is "being naive" by thinking the U.S. and others accept its contention that it has no intention of attacking any country.
"I will tell the people across the world that is something we should be alarmed about. The United States is not naive. We are not going to stand by. You will see us call them out as we said we would, and you're also going to see us act accordingly," she said.
The Security Council referred the matter to its committee on Iran and asked for an investigation.
This is not the first time Iran has launched ballistic missiles, but it's the first time it has done so on President Trump's watch. The Obama administration brushed the provocations aside.
Trump ran for office promising to be much tougher on Iran.
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