Iran slams 'ranting' Trump, vows more missile tests instead

| Updated: Feb 03, 2017 09:43 IST

Washington D.C., [U.S.], Feb. 3 (ANI): Dismissing U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration of putting Iran "on notice" after it test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday, Tehran has now sworn to "vigorously" continue its missile activity not bow to threats from the United States. A senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed the "extremism" of President Donald Trump, who declared Iran was "on notice" after it test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday, reports CNN. The tensions between the two countries have been on the boil since the election of Trump. The disturbing developments come after Trump last week announced a temporary travel ban on Iran and six other Muslim-majority nations, barring visitors from entering the United States. On Wednesday, US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said Sunday's test was a "provocative" breach of a UN Security Council resolution, following which Trump tweeted Thursday saying, "Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE" and should have been "thankful" for the "terrible deal." Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Thursday, the top official, Ali Akbar Velayati, dismissed the US President's "baseless ranting" and said that even Americans were not satisfied with "Trump's extremism," according to Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency. Asserting that all test-fired missiles were defensive, he added that Iran did not need to seek permission to carry out such activities. Iran's Foreign Ministry insisted Tuesday that Sunday's missile test was not a violation of the UN Security Council resolution, which bars Iran from testing "ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons." (ANI)
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