US warns Iran over ICBM nukes development

March 3, 2017 4:20 PM

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US warns Iran over ICBM nukes development

Washington, Feb. 2 (BNA): White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday said the US was "officially putting Iran on notice" in the wake of recent Iranian actions.

"Recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants, underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran's destabilizing behavior across the Middle East," Flynn said during an unscheduled appearance at the regular White House briefing, according to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

The recent ballistic missile launch is also in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls upon 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," Flynn said.

These are just the latest of a series of incidents in the past six months in which Houthi forces that Iran has trained and armed have struck Emirati and Saudi vessels, and threatened US and allied vessels transiting the Red Sea, Flynn said, referring to the Ansarullah group."

In these and other similar activities, Iran continues to threaten US friends and allies in the region," he added.

The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk, he said.

"President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama administration, as well as the United Nations, as being weak and ineffective," Flynn noted.

"Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened," Flynn said. "As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice," KUNA reported.

Source: bna.bh

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