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    Trump: 'Nothing Off the Table' On Iran

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    US President Donald Trump declared in response to Iran's recent ballistic missile test that no option including the military is "off the table."

    Trump was asked by reporters Thursday what he might do after recent Iranian missile tests and the sea-strike by Houthi rebels against a Saudi ship in the Red Sea. While Flynn did not specify what exactly was entailed by the warning to "put Iran on notice," Trump confirmed Thursday that anything is possible. "Nothing is off the table," the President said when pressed on whether a military option hasn't been considered.

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    Retired Gen. Flynn called out Iran for its "destabilizing behavior" and said that Trump has "severely criticized" the Obama's nuclear arms deal with Tehran. The National Security adviser hinted that "Iran is now feeling emboldened" due to "weak and ineffective" negotiations with Iran. Trump is contemplating "a whole range of options," including harsher economic sanctions, an administration official said.

    A top Ayatollah aide slammed the “inexperienced” US President over “useless” threats issued by National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday. Flynn made a highly unusual appearance at the White House media briefing to "put the Iran on notice."

    ​“This is not the first time an inexperienced person has threatened Iran,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei. Tehran has continued testing nuclear-capable missiles despite the nuclear arms deal signed between Iran and the US, China, France, the UK, Russia, and Germany.  

    German newspaper, Die Welt, wrote on Thursday that Iran tested another cruise missile, the "Sumar," in addition to a medium-range cruise missile tested on Sunday. Die Welt received the details from undisclosed Germany intelligence operatives. A US official has confirmed that Sunday's missile launch traveled some 630 miles before exploding. Iranian defense officials said the test was a success.

    Tehran does not need a license from "any country to defend itself," Velayati said. "The American government will understand that threatening Iran is useless," he noted. 

    On January 20, the White House updated its website to indicate that a "state-of-the-art" missile defense system for adversaries Iran and North Korea would be a top priority for the Trump administration. As part of Trump's promise to put  "America first," the US will "pursue the highest level of military readiness," the White House said. America will need "every asset at its disposal" to fulfill Trump's vow that "We cannot allow other nations to surpass our military capability."

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    • 2007harleydavidsonsg
      All this does is give the neo- military machine justification, and a reason for more bombs.
    • 2007harleydavidsonsg
      There is still hope for the Palestinian, it lies with the American people.
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      mounir.assi
      Go for Iran Trump, and Israel and all the Gulf will disapear, don't bark do it.
      I would like to see America in action. Poor you, and poor America. If you have balls go for it.
      It is 35 years that America wants to go for Iran, today America will be destroyed and Iran still there and you won't go for it.
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      elsa.zardini
      President Trump is the best example of cause/effect (or action/reaction) that I have seen in my long life time. He will succeed due to the simple reason that he is as bright as President Putin. Go figure.
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      Ajokete
      Iran will be the undoing of Donald Trump's regime. Whatever hold Israel has on him is pushing him into a blind alley. He s making the work of his 'deep state' enemies easier. In the end the US would be the only friend of Israel and vice-versa. And none of them will find that a triumph.
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      francescoslossel
      the real powerful power developed by Iran takes the name of a wide frienship!
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      michael
      I wonder when bluster will leave the political arena?
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      landauroj
      Please explain me why it is so easy the USA imposes sanctions to anyone country, without the mandate of the UN? Also explain me, why countries fear to much these USA sanctions? Why countries other than the USA, are so dependent of the USA economy and financial organizations? Why china, India, Russian, Japan, Australia, and few more cannot impose sanctions? This USA sanctions are denigrates, humiliating, and worse of all a direct attack in a sovereignty government. The UN must condemn this way of destabilize the well being of a country, attacking directly women, men, and children. Syria is under sanctions imposed by the USA and the EU and Syria children are dying because the Syria government cannot import baby milk, for example. The USA imposed more than 50 years sanctions to Cuba, because Fidel Castro returned the country to the Cuban people and so on. The UN is a disgrace, a useless organization than own submission to the USA and its criminal money.
    • siberianhusky
      The beginning of Trumps down fall coming up with ludicrous statements like this.
      At least he fit the American genre attacking and provoking countries that never attacked America.
      Usually the Americans attack some poor country that can not defend it self like Libya, Granada, Panama, Somalia and others and even then they get kicked in the butt.
      Will they ever have the balls to attack a country that can stand up for it self? Iran might one of them. A repeat of Vietnam or another 15 and still on going war like Afghanistan.
      Let them reflect on what happened to them when they pick on a country albeit poor and stone age like Vietnam and Afghanistan.
      Let's be honest Vietnam and Afghanistan kicked your butts and badly so.
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      jas
      Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion
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      And Iran collapsing would have been stabilizing for the region? Really?
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      jasin reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, Trump's statement about wanting Iran ready to collapse is an embarrassment.
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      beydetyin reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
      elsa.zardini, if you think Trump is in the same league as Putin, then your long life has taught you nothing.
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      beydety
      He should know that the 150B is Iran's own money that the US is withholding out of the 200B they kept from them as part of the sanctions. Better he just STFU than spurting nonsense.
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      Matthewbleu2
      Trump is giving mixed signals. On the one hand he does not want a ww3 and he demands that Israel does not build more homes in the occupied territories but on the other hand he threatens Iran with a nuclear option. Is Trump grouping in the dark? if so, can we trust him with the nuclear codes?
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      skyleinin reply tolandauroj(Show commentHide comment)
      landauroj, Because the USA is the muscle squad for carrying out the Oded Yinon Plan.
    • hp b
      It's his opening bid..
      Most likely exactly what Iran expected.
      They're playing chess here, not video games..
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      Eudoxiain reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, Well it's like this. Iran has something that terrifies the elite. Iran aside from not attacking another country in over 300 years is not a threat to anybody else. They have every right to defend themselves. I don't understand what is going on with Trump actually. When you break it all down it is outwardly apparent he is seeking the demise of the NWO crew. However, even if he is backed by a faction of the old money crew he's not consistent with their overall goals anyway. Rothschild are behind China (SDR) and hostile to Iran. The NWO crew was castigating Israel along with the EU. Just what is going on right now is something unprecedented, at least that much I know.
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      Eudoxiain reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
      elsa.zardini, He is very smart and has been preparing for this for a long time apparently. He is not in the same league as Putin and there are certain actions he is taking that are bothersome to say the least. He is pro Israel for starters and saber rattling with Iran. He is also anti China. He opposed the NWO and it's obvious he disturbs the elite. Is it possible he could be taking on both sides of a dirty coin?? That's never been done before but what is unfolding now is very dangerous. I sincerly hope Trump does know wtf he's doing. The world depends on it.
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      elsa.zardiniin reply toEudoxia(Show commentHide comment)
      Eudoxia, Well, I would do exactly what President Trump is doing although I acknowledge it is hard to understand for some few ones in the US. But, the wordwide "establishment" does understand which is obviously the reason of all the calumnies against President Trump all over the world coming from the Main Stream Media.
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      Eudoxiain reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
      elsa.zardini, I understand why he's anti China they are on a quest to buy out the planet and they are doing it rapidly. He is ready to talk to Russia who opposes Israel but they don't antagonise Israel either. He's instilling neonationalist policies which is good for the US. There was no alternative to Trump I just find his attitude towards Iran and Israel as somewhat perplexing.
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