Iran’s latest ballistic missile test, which the Islamic Republic revealed on Sunday, means that the United States is “officially putting Iran on notice” and would not tolerate any other violations of international norms, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said on Wednesday.
Flynn, who made his remarks from the White House press room, noted that the UN Security Council resolution that codified the nuclear deal called on Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.” Iran has tested at least a dozen missiles since that time.
In addition to the Sunday test, Fox News reported Tuesday that Iran had also conducted a previously unreported ballistic missile test in December.
Iranian defense minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan denied that the missile tests violated either the nuclear deal or the resolution, telling the Tasnim news agency, “the recent test was in line with our programs, and we will not allow any outsider to interfere in our defense affairs.”
Flynn also criticized the Iran-backed Houthi rebels’ attack on a Saudi naval vessel. (Fox News reported Monday that U.S. intelligence officials believe that the intended target of the attack was an American warship.) The missile tests and naval incident “underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran’s destabilizing behavior across the Middle East,” Flynn said.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R – Calif.) said Wednesday that the Iran Sanctions Act, which was extended late last year, gives the United States leverage to threaten sanctions against Iran for its continued ballistic missile development.
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