Yesterday U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn talked tough and put Iran officially “on notice” for its recent ballistic missile launch and supporting an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants.
“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” National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said in a White House statement.
“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 added in the White House statement.
Flynn spoke critically of the Obama administration’s past failure to adequately respond to “Tehran’s malign actions” which he said includes weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms.
Flynn emphasized 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.”
While on the campaign trail, Trump was critical of the Obama administration for signing a nuclear accord between Tehran and a group of world powers signed on July 14, 2015 that seriously diminished Iran’s enrichment capacity and also unlocked sanctions on Iran.
“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. Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened” National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said in the White House statement.
“Bad Hombre” Comment
The Associated Press reportedly spoke to an unnamed White House official about a Friday phone call between President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that involved President Trump warning President Enrique Pena Nieto that he might send U.S. troops to Mexico to stop “bad hombres” down there unless the Mexican military does more to stop them.
President Trump didn’t identify who the “bad hombres” were in Mexico.
Despite the tough sounding telephone talk from President Trump, the White House official described the phone call between the two political leaders as “pleasant and constructive.”
“Those comments, while lighthearted, were part of a discussion about how the United States and Mexico could work collaboratively to combat drug cartels and other criminal elements, and make the border more secure” the White House official told the AP.