Michael Flynn, one of President Trump's national-security advisers, said Wednesday at the WH press briefing that the U.S. is "officially putting Iran on notice" following recent actions including a "provocative ballistic-missile launch." Flynn did not elaborate on what "on notice" means.
Flynn was referring to a "provocative" ballistic missile test on Sunday by Tehran, which he said was carried out in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution and an attack Monday by Iran-supported Houthi militants on a Saudi vessel off the coast of Yemen. Flynn said Iran is "feeling emboldened" after eight years of "weak and ineffective" policies by the Obama administration.
RET. LT. GEN. FLYNN, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR: Good afternoon, everyone. Recent Iranian actions involving a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel, conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran's destabilizing behavior across the entire Middle East.
The recent ballistic missile launch is also in defiance of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.
These are just the latest of a series of incidents in the past six months in which Houthi forces that Iran has trained and armed have struct Emirati and Saudi vessels, and threatened United States and allied vessels transiting the Red Sea. In these and other similar activities, Iran continues to threaten U.S. friends and allies in the region.
The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions, including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms. The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East, and place -- which places American lives at risk.