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>> While most Americans were still asleep Thursday morning, the US President was Tweeting an all caps warning at an enemy nation. Iran has been formally put on notice for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the US made with them. Donald Trump referring to a missile test from earlier this week, calling it a violation of the Seven Nation Agreement restricting to Iran's nuclear program.
The Commander in Chief restating on Twitter in the early hours what his National Security Advisor's said in person the day before.>> Tehran is now feeling emboldened. As of today we are officially putting Iran on notice.>> But it's unclear to foreign policy experts what, on notice, really means.
Senior US officials telling Reuters a range of offers was on the table, including renewed sanctions. One suggesting Trump's language was meant to signal the US would not be quote, shy or reticent toward Iran. It's also unclear how the warnings are being read in the Islamic Republic. Tehran may heed the threat and change its behavior.
Or they may decide to test Trump's resolve further. A spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry calling the administration's comments, quote, repetitive, baseless, and provocative. CNN reporting a senior advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader vowing the country would continue its missile tests. Iran has test fired several ballistic missiles since the 2015 agreement curbing its nuclear program.
Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Seven Nation Deal struck by the Obama Administration. And for the lifting of crippling sanctions on Iran. He further has strained relations by including Iranians on a temporary US travel ban affecting the citizens of seven Middle Eastern and North African countries. The challenge of keeping this from turning into a full-blown crisis may fall to new members of his cabinet.
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO, has no diplomatic experience. But is seen as someone not prone to hasty moves. Trump's Defense Secretary, James Mattis, publicly broke with his boss during confirmation hearings. And said the US should hold up it's end of the nuclear deal.