Iran to test fire missiles in defiance of fresh U.S. sanctions

Among those sanctioned on Friday were companies, individuals, and brokers the U.S. Treasury said support a trade network run by an Iranian businessman, Abdollah Asgharzadeh. The entities include companies based in Tehran, the UAE, Lebanon and China.

Just two days after the White House levied new sanctions against Iran, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) admitted Sunday that the nuclear deal former President Obama had reached with Tehran was all but certain to remain in place.

The sanctions are the first against Iran in Donald Trump's new presidency, reflecting his desire to take a tougher stance toward Tehran. "And so those are where I think we also need to ratchet up sanctions", Ryan said.

Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard's airspace division, said, "If the enemy does not walk the line, our missiles [will] come down on them".

Iran immediately hit back, lambasting the threats as coming from "an inexperienced person" and pledging to impose reciprocal measures. The US argues that the missile test may have violated a United Nations ban, though Iran insists that the missile was not created to carry nuclear warheads, and thus it would not be covered by the ban.


Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican and Foreign Relations Committee chairman, said Friday's announcement of new sanctions "makes clear that it is a new day in US-Iran relations and that we will no longer tolerate Iran's destabilizing behavior". Most sanctions that apply to USA entities remain in place.

The country said it will deploy missiles and carry out maneuvers aimed at demonstrating its "complete preparedness to deal with the threats" and "humiliating sanctions" from Washington.

"This last administration did not do that", he added.

Mr Trump said during his election campaign that he would stop Iran's missile program.

On February 4, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis called Iran "the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world". "Not me!" Trump tweeted on Friday. It is now under dispute whether or not Iran violated a United Nations Security resolution meant to bar the country from developing a ballistic missile arsenal.


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