Trump: Iran is ”playing with fire” if it continues tests
February 03, 2017
UPDATE [10:22] The US government has blacklisted 13 individuals and a 12 businesses under the Iran sanctions authority.
The list was published by the Treasury Department Friday morning, and included eight individuals listed as Iranian citizens, three Chinese, and two Arab.
Most of the businesses listed in the announcement are based in Iran, though one of the entities is located in the United Arab Emirates, two are in China, and three are in Lebanon.
On Friday President Trump said Iran is “playing with fire” if they continue with their ICBM missile tests.
(WASHINGTON, DC) US President Donald Trump has tweeted that “Iran is playing with fire,” and warned Tehran that he won’t be as “kind” as former President Barack Obama. His comments come after Tehran’s missile test this week.
It comes a day after the US president threatened Tehran that military options are “not off the table” in response to the missile test.
On Monday, Fox News cited US officials as saying that Iran had carried out medium-range ballistic missile tests.
That was followed on Thursday by reports from CNN, NBC News and Reuters, all quoting sources, that said Washington could roll out fresh sanctions against Iran as early as Friday.
Iran has confirmed that it tested the missile, and that the launch was “in line” with its plans.
“We will not allow foreigners to interfere in our defense affairs,” Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told Tasnim news agency on Wednesday.
In another tweet posted on Thursday, Trump wrote that “Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse,” but the US “gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion.”
In response to Trump’s tweet , Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also took to social media, posting a statement saying that Iran is unmoved by US threats and will never initiate war.
Tehran asserted on Wednesday that its missile tests did not involve rockets with nuclear warheads, meaning they are not covered by the deal agreed with world powers.
Zarif added that Iran is using ballistic missiles as part of its defense program.
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