US national security adviser: ‘Iran leading sponsor of terrorism’
Michael T. Flynn said that ‘days of turning a blind eye to Iran are over’
The United States National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has said that Iran is the “leading state sponsor of terrorism” the same week as 25 individuals and entities were sanctioned for providing support to Iran’s ballistic missile program.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and engages in and supports violent activities that destabilize the Middle East. This behavior seems continuous despite the very favorable deal given to Iran by the Obama Administration. These sanctions target these behaviors,” Flynn said in a statement released by the State Department.
Flynn has said that since the previous administration agreed to sign the nuclear deal with Iran in 2015, Tehran's “belligerent and lawless behavior has only increased”.
He provided the abduction of ten of US sailors and two patrol boats in January 2016, unwarranted harassment of vessel traffic and repeated weapons tests as examples of such behavior.
Iran is deployed missiles for a Revolutionary Guards exercises last Saturday in a show of defiance a day after the United States imposed sanctions over a ballistic missile test launch.
Flynn also pointed to Iran’s support to “proxy terrorist groups” like the Houthi militias, who attacked a Saudi warship in the Red Sea last week.
“The international community has been too tolerant of Iran’s bad behavior. The ritual of convening a United Nations Security Council in an emergency meeting and issuing a strong statement is not enough. The Trump Administration will no longer tolerate Iran’s provocations that threaten our interests,” Flynn said.
“The days of turning a blind eye to Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over,” he added.