Trump adopts aggressive posture
toward Iran after missile launch
missile and said it was reviewing how to respond, taking an aggressive posture
toward Tehran that could raise tensions in the region.
administration signaled that President Donald Trump intended to do more,
possibly including imposing new sanctions, to curb what he sees as defiance
of a nuclear deal negotiated in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama.
which could cast doubt on the future of the Iran agreement and sow further
uncertainty in an already chaotic Middle East, experts said.
Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood said: "The U.S. military has not
changed its posture in response to the Iranian test missile launch" on Sunday.
some of the most aggressive rhetoric by the administration that took office on
Jan. 20, making clear that Obama's less confrontational approach toward Iran
deal, "Iran is now feeling emboldened."
first appearance in the White House press briefing room.
Iran-allied Houthi militants off the coast of Yemen underscored "Iran’s
destabilizing behavior across the Middle East."
accord reached with world powers or a U.N. Security Council resolution
that endorsed the pact.
the Trump administration is still formulating a response.
executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies-Americas.
"Taken literally, it could mean: 'You do this one more time and you’ll pay
for it.' But how would the U.S. respond?"
options, including economic sanctions, was being considered and that a broad
review was being conducted of the U.S. posture toward Iran.
administration would not be "shy or reticent" toward Tehran.
for how we want to approach these issues," the official said. "We do not want
to be premature or rash or take any action that would foreclose options or
unnecessarily contribute to a negative response."
their behavior," he said.
the latest test was the first since Trump became president.
U.S. Senate confirmed former Exxon Mobil Corp Chief
Executive Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
"although you inherit enormous challenges in the
Middle East and around the world, I believe we can
achieve peace and security in these very, very troubled times."
Institute for Near East Policy, said there was a danger
of a miscalculation by Washington or Tehran.
goodness, this guy is serious, we’d better behave
ourselves?'” he said. "Or do they say: ‘Why don’t we
tweak him a bit more to see what he really means, maybe test him.’"
by 18 U.S., French, British and Australian warships and an undisclosed number
of aircraft close to Iranian waters in the Gulf, according to a statement by U.S.
strident critic of the Iran nuclear deal, at the White House on February 15.
Sunday and were described by the White House as agreeing on the importance
of enforcing the deal and "addressing Iran’s destabilizing regional activities."
sites, and Shi'ite Muslim-majority Iran are regional rivals.
Yeganeh Torbati, Lesley Wroughton, Yara Bayoumy and Arshad Mohammed;
Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Peter Cooney)