PressTV: Mattis Goes “Bad Dog” on Iran

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Iran is the world’s “biggest state sponsor of terrorism,” US Defense Secretary James Mattis stated, warning that Tehran’s actions are known to Washington and being watched closely.

“As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world,” Mattis said at a press conference in Tokyo on Saturday.

“I think it is wise to make certain that Iran recognizes that what it is doing is getting the attention of a lot of people,” the Pentagon chief added.

“It does no good to ignore it. It does no good to dismiss it and at the same time I don’t see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time,” he said.

“We always have the capability to do so but right now I don’t think it’s necessary.”

Tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated after an unnamed US official said on Monday that Iran carried out a test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile that exploded after travelling 630 miles on Sunday. The official told Reuters that the test was carried out from a site near Semnan, east of Tehran.

“We’re aware that Iran fired that missile,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said during a press briefing on Monday.

Iran has also confirmed that it tested the missile, and that the launch was “in line” with its plans.

“The recent test was in line with our plans and we will not allow foreigners to interfere in our defense affairs,” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told Tasnim news agency.


“The test did not violate the nuclear deal or (UN) Resolution 2231,” he added.

On Monday, Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said Washington was putting Iran “on notice” over its “destabilizing activity.”

Nikki Haley, the new US ambassador to the United Nations, called the test “unacceptable” at the UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday.

On Friday, the Trump administration ordered sanctions against over two dozen people and companies in response to Iran’s ballistic missile test. Those targeted by the Treasury Department include Iranian, Lebanese, Emirati, and Chinese individuals and firms involved in procuring ballistic missile technology for Iran, AP reported.

The US president tweeted on Friday that “Iran is playing with fire,” warning Tehran that he won’t be as “kind” as his predecessor, Barack Obama.

A landmark deal, brokered during Obama’s time in office, stated that Iran would dramatically curb its nuclear potential, but not completely, cutting the number of its centrifuges by two-thirds.

The deal also obliges Tehran to cap its uranium enrichment program below the level necessary for bomb-grade material, and involves Tehran agreeing to reduce its enriched uranium stockpile from around 10,000kg to 300kg for 15 years. In exchange, long-standing international sanctions against Tehran were lifted.

On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also took to social media to respond to Trump’s allegations, saying that Iran was “unmoved” by US threats and “will never initiate war.”

The foreign minister posted two videos on Twitter, with the comments: “Iran unmoved by threats as we derive security from our people. We’ll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense.”

“We will never use our weapons against anyone, except in self-defense. Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement,” Zarif wrote.

Tehran slammed the new sanctions imposed by the US, saying it would impose legal restrictions on American individuals and entities helping “regional terrorist groups,” a foreign ministry statement read, as quoted by Iranian TV.

“The new sanctions… are not compatible with America’s commitments and resolution 2231 of the U.N. Security Council that endorsed the nuclear deal reached between Iran and six powers,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry statement from late Friday said.


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12 COMMENTS

  1. If “the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism” is fighting ISIS for years, then how to call those whose ears have been protruding behind ISIS from its very creation ? This is not even “You’re guilty because I’m hungry and need someone for lunch” logic. For such logic Saudi Arabia, for example, could be much easier and justified victim. This is more like: “I must have you for lunch because a giant leech, who’s been sucking my blood for a long time, is scared of you to death”.

  2. “We’re aware that Iran fired that missile,”….but we are not going to talk about the Brits Trident missile test fired off the cost of Florida and headed towards the US “instead of Africa”… do they even see hypocrisy staring them back in the mirror?

  3. How else are these looney tunes going to provoke a conflict with Russia – by attacking one of it`s allies. Russia is the main goal here along with the fact that Iran has all of those natural resources.

  4. “Javad Zarif
    We will never use our weapons against anyone, except in self-defense. Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement.”

    Good statement, homerun really. Unfortunately, the Iranians are in the crosshairs of the world government using Trump to initiate. Trump is such a douche

  5. The feminized, mongrelized, politically correct U.S. Sillytary will get its ass handed to it if it tries to tangle with Iran, Russia, China, or any combination thereof. Without its big, hi-tech weaponry it could not whip the boy scouts to parade rest. In Afghanistan for example, several thousand goat herders with AK-47s and hand grenades have fought it to a standstill for years. The vaunted U.S. Lame Forces could not pacify Iraq after years of occupation, illegal and criminal as well. These adversaries being threatened are very much, boots-on-the-ground, tougher and much more motivated. “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”

  6. This is a well written article. The biggest state sponsor of terrorism is Israel through its puppets the US Military and NATO. Enough of these ridiculous lies and psyops.

  7. Repeating lies and lies over and over. Nobody is buying this crap anymore, noone believed Bush, Obama and now this harlequin. Everybody in this world knows that USA is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism, nobody comes even close. Everybody actually in having or not having relations with the USA is playing with fire. Some countries don’t even comprehend their next government or military shutdown or destruction by USA. Playing with fire comes and goes by USA itself, some country or entity can be the best in the world to them and still get screwed. How are Iranians differently approached than for example France or Germany (“US allies”)? They are all in the same crack of s*it. USA are a true psycopath world policeman. A Nazi reincarnation.

  8. The civilian control of the Pentagon is a crucial block in the foundation. The seven year waiting period was waved in a way, that minimized the reason for it. The Mad Dog, needs 7 years to become Calm Down Dog. Allowing the military to control the Pentagon is the same as letting bankers provide their own oversight. Adjusting to civilian life takes at least 7 years after a 20 or 30 year military career. Some never do.

  9. Another ignorant four star general of the U.S. These traitors did not lift a finger to defend the country on 9/11 and were so corrupt or incompetent or both they couldn’t even defend their own building that day either. Shameful disgrace. All four star generals should be forced to answer questions under oath by any and all Americans about why they sat there and did nothing to defend the country from attack on September 11, 2001. What would the late great General Patton recommend as punishment for them if only he were alive today instead of being murdered under orders of General Donovan of the former OSS who paid a criminal member of our military $10,000 to plan and murder the greatest general of WWII?

    • It looks as circumcision its mandatory for a very kosher generalship promotion,but not done at a sloppy Bronx pawn shop but in a surgical ceremony performed by Larry Silverstein, atended by “dancing israelí art students”, presided by rabbi Ovadia, Sheldon Adelson and Abrahan Foxman.

  10. Seems Like all Trumps appointee’s have signed the pledge to Israel.

    The military have lost in Syria, the biggest loss since Vietnam, and ichin for a fight with the countries that stopped them, either Lebanon, Iran or Russia.

    Trumps surrounded by zionist jews, pulling him along by the snout.

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