Ignoring White House warnings, Iran test-fires another missile

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
February 9, 2017 05:24

The test comes the same day the White House announced it is considering a proposal that could potentially designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

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Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards take part in a military parade in Tehran

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards take part in a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in Tehran. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Iran test-fired an another surface to air missile Wednesday, officials told Fox news. The test, just as the last, occurred outside Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran.

The test comes the same day the White House announced it is considering a proposal that could lead to potentially designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, according to US officials familiar with the matter.

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The officials said that several US government agencies have been consulted about such a proposal, which if implemented would add to measures the United States has already imposed on individuals and entities linked to the IRGC.

The Trump administration sent a stark message to Tehran last week over their continued missile tests and support for proxy militia groups battling Saudi Arabian forces.
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Speaking publicly for the first time since Donald Trump became US president, his national security adviser, former lieutenant-general Michael Flynn, said the White House was putting Iran “on notice,” and vowed to act decisively in response.

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, calling the test a violation of international law.

The UN Security Council met on Tuesday to review the matter and confirmed that the test occurred.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called the test “unacceptable,” and her UK counterpart, Matthew Rycroft, warned that it was a sign Tehran had not moderated since world powers signed an international nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015.

Iran continues to threaten US friends and allies in the region,” Flynn said. “The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran’s malign actions – including weapons transfers, support for terrorism and other violations of international norms.


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