U.S. sanctions Iran after ballistic missile test

On Friday, the US had unleashed a fresh wave of sanctions on Iran, blacklisting 13 individuals and 12 companies.

The action blacklists the Iranian, Lebanese, Emirati and Chinese individuals and firms from doing any business in the United States or with American citizens.

Earlier in the week, US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said the missile test was a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which prohibits Iran from participating in any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.

Resolution 2231 "calls upon" Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology" for up to eight years.

President Trump imposed new sanctions on Friday after Iran tested medium-range missiles last Sunday and because of its support for Yemeni rebels.

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn just called out Iran in the White House briefing room.

Despite the heated words, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday he was not considering raising the number of US forces in the Middle East to address Iran's "misbehavior", but warned that the world would not ignore Iranian activities.

Tehran says its missiles do not breach United Nations resolutions because they are for defence purposes only and not created to carry nuclear warheads.

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Iran immediately hit back, lambasting the threats as coming from "an inexperienced person" and pledging to impose reciprocal measures. On Jan. 27, Iran test fired a ballistic missile capable of traveling 2,500 miles and of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican and Foreign Relations Committee chairman, said Friday's announcement of new sanctions "makes clear that it is a new day in US-Iran relations and that we will no longer tolerate Iran's destabilizing behavior".

The official said that no individual or entity which had sanctions dropped under the JCPOA was impacted by Friday's new sanctions.

Iran confirmed it had tested a new missile but said it did not breach a nuclear accord reached with world powers or a U.N. Security Council resolution that endorsed the pact. 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.

A USA official claimed on Monday that Iran test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday and it exploded after travelling 630 miles (1,010 km).

Asked if he's willing to consider a military option, Trump said Thursday that "nothing is off the table".

The official said the administration was "undertaking a larger strategic review" of how it responds to Iran.

"The president was quite forward-leaning in advance of the nuclear deal even being completed in acknowledging that we know that Iran supports terrorism".

  • Ismael Montgomery