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Trump Hammers Iran For Missile Test, Blames Obama For Insolence

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump reiterated his administration’s warning to Iran over its Sunday ballistic missile test, and blamed the Obama administration for enabling Iran’s behavior.

Trump’s comments came after National Security Adviser Mike Flynn appeared at the White House podium Wednesday to “put Iran on notice” for its actions. Flynn noted that Iran’s ballistic missile test was in violation of UN resolution 2231, and that its actions would not be tolerated under the new administration.

UN Resolution 2231 sanctioned Iran’s ballistic missile program after the Iranian nuclear deal was signed. The deal lifted some sanctions on Iran including cash repatriation, and allowed U.S. businesses to pursue business in the country. Critics of the deal say Iran’s aggressive behavior was not curtailed by the nuclear deal, and

“We are considering a whole range of options. We’re in a deliberative process,” a senior U.S. official told reporters after Flynn’s warning. “We are in the process of evaluating the strategic options and the framework for how we want to approach these issues,” adding “Our sincere hope is that the Iranians will heed this notice today and will change their behavior.”

A top adviser to Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei responded to the declaration saying, “This is not the first time that an inexperienced person has threatened Iran … the American government will understand that threatening Iran is useless,” to the Associated Press. “Iran does not need permission from any country to defend itself.”

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