The Donald Trump’s administration is considering “a large number of options” to address Iran.
The US President Donald Trump’s administration does not rule out the option of military actions in response to the last Iran’s ballistic missile test, the Reuters news agency reported on Thursday.
“Nothing is off the table,” Trump said, answering on a question about whether he would consider military options to respond to Iran.
As Politico magazine noted, the US administration is considering “a large number of options” to address Iran. However, senior administration officials refused to say whether military actions are among them.
“We’re going to take appropriate action,” the magazine quoted the words of one of the unnamed administration officials. “We are considering a whole range of options. We are in a deliberative process.”
Meanwhile, on Friday, Trump wrote on his Twitter that Iran is “playing with fire,” and added that he will not be “as kind” as former US President Barack Obama was.
Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
Later, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to the Trump’s statement on his Twitter, saying that Tehran is “unmoved” by the threats.
Iran unmoved by threats as we derive security from our people. We’ll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense. pic.twitter.com/TxlSEL8rjj
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) February 3, 2017
On Friday, the US Treasury Department announced new sanctions against 13 Iranian individuals and multiple entities. The day before, a group of US senators called on Trump to toughen sanctions against Iran after its ballistic missile test.
“Full enforcement of existing sanctions and the imposition of additional sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program are necessary,” a statement, signed by 22 senators out of 100, read.
The statement was signed by representatives of the both US parties in the Senate, including such influential senators as Bob Corker, Ben Cardin, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and Tim Kane. The senators stressed that they look forward to support the administration’s “efforts to hold Iran accountable.”
Earlier, Reuters reported, citing its own sources, that the Trump’s administration was preparing new sanctions against Iran that could be introduced already this week. According to the news agency, the sanctions could be imposed against eight organizations, which are accused of supporting terrorism, as well as against some 17 others in accordance with the preceding decree of the US President on distribution of weapons of mass destruction. As Reuters noted, the sanctions would be partially introduced in response to the Iran’s ballistic missile test. Reportedly, the agreement with Iran on peaceful nature of the Tehran’s nuclear program would not be affected by the sanctions.
On January 28, Iran conducted a test launch of a medium-range missile. Reportedly, the test took place at a site, located 225 kilometers to the east of Tehran. The missile flew about 630 miles (1,010 km). According to US experts, the missile could carry a warhead weighing 500 kg.
Earlier, in his election campaign, current US President Donald Trump said that he would stop Iran’s missile program.