Defiant Iran Slams Trump: We Won't Yield To "Useless" Threats, Will Conduct More Ballistic Missile Tests

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With the US officially warning Iran twice over the past 24 hours in the harshest possible terms yet, when first national security advisor Michael Flynn, and then this morning Trump himself, said Iran has been "put on notice" for "destabilizing activity" after it fired a ballistic missile in defiance of UN resolutions, on Thursday a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by Reuters as saying the country would not yield to "useless" U.S. threats from "an inexperienced person" over its ballistic missile program.

As a reminder, Iran said on Wednesday confirmed it had tested a new ballistic missile but said it did not breach a nuclear deal reached with six major powers in 2015 or a U.N. Security Council resolution that endorsed the accord. A U.S. official had said earlier that Iran test-launched the medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday and it exploded after traveling 630 miles (1,010 km). Iran said it was a successful launch. 

The IRGC maintains an arsenal of dozens of short and medium-range ballistic missiles - the largest in the Middle East, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

"This is not the first time that an inexperienced person has threatened Iran ... the American government will understand that threatening Iran is useless," Ali Akbar Velayati said, without identifying any U.S. official specifically in his comments.

Ali Akbar Velayati

"Iran does not need permission from any country to defend itself," he was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency. Khamenei is the country's most powerful figure.

Finally, Iran promised to "vigorously" continue its missile activity and that it will conduct more ballistic missile tests in the future.

A series of tests conducted by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in 2016 caused international concern, with some powers saying any launch of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles would violate U.N. Security Council resolution 2231.

Under the nuclear agreement, seen by many as Obama's landmark foreign policy deal, most U.N. sanctions were lifted a year ago. But Iran is still subject to an U.N. arms embargo and other restrictions, which are not technically part of the deal. Trump has frequently criticized the Iran nuclear deal, which restricts Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of the sanctions, calling the agreement weak and ineffective. He tweeted on Thursday that Iran "should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them".

Iran's Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan told the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Thursday: "The missile test on Sunday was successful ... the test was not a violation of a nuclear deal with world powers or any U.N. resolution."

Additionally, on Thursday German newspaper Die Welt reported that Iran had tested a home-made cruise missile called "Sumar" that is capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Tasnim news agency two years ago published pictures of the Sumar missile, reporting that it was successfully test-fired. While Iran says its missile program is aimed at displaying the country's "deterrent power and its ability to confront any threat", some IRGC commanders have said that Iran's medium-range ballistic missiles were designed to be able to hit Israel.

Meanwhile, as the drums of embargo (and/or war) beat louder again, global crude prices rose on Thursday following the repeat US warnings to Iran. Major crude benchmarks gained over a dollar, with Brent blend trading at $57.18 per barrel, showing the best performance since January 6. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate was seen at $54.13 per barrel, which is also the highest price since the first week of the year. "As soon as those comments hit the wires, you saw a bit of a rally in crude oil," John Kilduff, founding partner at energy hedge fund Again Capital told CNBC.

Of course, it is possible that oil merely responded to the latest weakness in the dollar, however should Trump indeed escalate and terminate Obama's nuclear deal, the threat of some 1 million barrels of Iran oil getting pulled from the market will likely have a dramatic impact on oil, not to mention gasoline at the pump, and thus consumer inflation.

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Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Feb 2, 2017 10:48 AM

I normally would not say this...but LIGHT THESE FUCKERS UP.

or...Put the anti missle system right on their test they pull...MISSILE COMMAND.

Time for another WIN today.

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King Tut (not verified) Takeaction2 Feb 2, 2017 10:49 AM

What do you care? I care about what Iran does about as much as I care what New Zealand does

evoila's picture

Each day that goes by, it's looking more and more like the Israelis were behind the hacking. The reality is that we need to deal with Saudi Arabia before we do anything about Iran. But there is a big misdirection towards Iran, because they are standing in the way of the zionist dream from being realized.

The Juggernaut's picture

This used to be a great Libertarian website.  Now its filled with establishment republicans and white trash.


American Psycho's picture

Popcorn here, get your popcorn here. 

bania's picture

interested in an intelligent argument why we even meddle over there in the first place. anyone?

Life of Illusion's picture



Manthong's picture

We are the least of Iran’s problems.

Long before they get a nuke, the Iranian issue will be solved.

They have crowned themselves an “existential threat” with Intermediate range missiles and a progressing nuke program.

It will be a hoot to watch as both the Israelis and the Saudis pound Iran’s offensive threat into dust.

Iran has already dug themselves into a hole but it cannot dig a hole deep enough to be safe.


Israel might want to send an extra-special thank you to Obama and Jarrett for helping to fund the Iranians.


NiggaPleeze's picture


Jews in general consider anyone who doesn't do what they say an "existential threat".  It's part of their paranoid culture - every bad thing that happens to any Jew, it's because of those hateful despicable Goy who dream only of new ways to torture and abuse the poor, powerless, but good-natured and kind Jews.

Iran's "threat" to Israel consists of supporting victims of violent Zionist imperialism, genocide and settler colonialism.  Iran's "threat" to Saudi Arabia is not allowing it to commit genocide against all Shia in the Middle East.

Iran, like any other country, has the right to provide for its defense.  The lessons of 1982 (when post-revolution Iran had let its military declilne and the US supported Iraq's bloody invasion of Iran) are still felt daily in Iran.  Iran has been repeatdly threatened with destruction by the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel.    In short, Iran is the poster child for having a strong deterrent.

However the "Trialer trash" conservatives cannot help but blindly follow the Zionist media piper that tells them to view Iran as an enemy.  Israel and Saudi Arabia are far greater enmies of the American people than Iran.  Iran is only an "enemy" (i.e., an insubordinate) to the Zionists who hold great power in the US, and about whom I don't care one bit.

The UN resolution (illegal as it is - it violatee the UN's own charter) (U.N. Security Council resolution 2231) on p. 99 calls upon Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons."  The Zionists and other warmongers read the "designed to be" out of the language and would ban Iran from having any ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead merely by payload size and weight capacity.  Since nuclear warheads can be made quite small, this would ban virtually all ballistic missiles, while all of Iran's enemies are allowed to have them.

Because these evil war-mongers would love nothing more but to destroy another civilization and country, preferably if it is utterly defenseless.

Unfortunately Trump is a Zionist/war-monger stooge on the Iran issue (as is ZH, unfortunately). 

Manthong's picture

Let me know when that 12th Imam comes a' knocking.

NiggaPleeze's picture

Ignorance, hate, and boorishness are not virtues. Maybe you could pursue excellence in another category.

Savyindallas's picture

Well spoken  -I hope you're wrong about Trump-but I have to admit I'm worried. I haven't had such concerns about ZH. 

Pliskin's picture

Flaminratzazz answered that question above, but I'll re-post it for you...

Because Israel.

petar's picture

It is not Israel hacking. It is UK. They are the ones who needed some hedge after realizing what they've done voting for Brexit.

musimann's picture

We are destroying ourselves for the chosenites, cause that way we are blessed.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

...Establishment republicans and white trash that have coalesced into a cult of Trump.

BabaLooey's picture


Establishment Democrats and ALL KINDS OF TRASH of every color in the rainbow have coalesced into a cult of SOROS.

falak pema's picture

The Tylers follow the sweet smell of money and click bait!

flaminratzazz's picture

but rush limbaugh and sean hannity said....

BabaLooey's picture


What...the fuck?

"Establishment Republicans?"

No, that would be this site;

Or maybe...this one;

Or THIS guy...for certain;

As for white trash, there's this;

Or this one;

...and plenty of others. Of course, you can sharp-shoot many of the crytards on here, as 100% of them ARE white trash.

Happy to re-direct you.

Shitler's picture

Who the fuck are you? Go back to Berkley if you dont like varied opinions asshole.

balolalo's picture

TRUMPSTERS, and their oligarch marsters are marching us to WAR in a blind ORGY OF RAGE.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"Goats by day, sheep by night" -Johnny Carson, ca. 1978.

In reference to a couple of Iranian leaders, with names that sounded like Abu Hassan Bunni Sadder, and Goatsbyday.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Making fun of peoples names because they sound like Sum-Ting_Wong is really adult

Has anyone thought of why the name Trump sounds funny? 

Maybe we shouldnt have played our Trump card, but what was the alternative?

HowdyDoody's picture

Drumpf if you please. A fine German name.

musimann's picture

Well Trump is a wall banging butt kisser. He's surrounded by neocon retreads (retards?) and he's got little wormtoungue Jared whispering Zionist bs in his ear. The attack on Houtis leadership (called al qaeda) and the rhetoric against Iran. Look at what they did to the Saudis ship. You think they cant do that to American ships too? Seriously Iran is destabilizing the ME? US/Israel/Saudis are the destabilizers. Trump is out to lunch and leading the US down a path of self destruction as fast as KIllary and McCain would. Its a foolish plan to attack Iran and thats where they are heading. Trump is doing a McCain who he just chastised for thying to start WW III. Iran is a threat to Israel and they are trying to get the US to do the dirty work. IMO Trump is acting like a damn fool. Even Obama wasn't that stupid.

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious. -Sun Tzu

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

ZH presents a (more) accurate storyline than MSM on Syria and Ukraine/Russia, as well as the economy/economics:

But it is married to the neocon agitprop on Iran. Thing is, it is largely bullshit. Israel had Vichy DC ram through an absurdly vaguely worded resolution SO THEY COULD CLAIM IRAN BROKE THE DEAL TO JUSTIFY HAVING THE VICHY DC ZOG ATTACK.

The Ultra Zionists want war with Iran no matter what but are too chickrnshit to do their own fighting. Fucking Nutty Yahoo has cried wolf on Iran being 'months away' for over 20 years. He was caught on tape saying he had no intention of actuslly complying with any peace deal. He was involved in a nuclear smuggling ring. He swore before Congress Iraq was racing towards nukes...

You guys that came over from Breitbart or Drudge- you're entitled to your own opinion, but have you even honestly considered that the dame Israel Firsters are *lying* to you?

like they *lied* about Iraq?

if not- seriously, and with respect- why not????

An early test of whether President Trump will bow to Israel’s political clout may come over the Iran nuclear agreement which Prime Minister Netanyahu wants killed, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar describes.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Israel is being named by some of the nerds.

And some Russians.

Cui bono?

Anyone see the NYT editorial railing against 'President Bannon' that failed to mention the Orthodox Jew and totally unqualified Likudnik Kushner?

I propose people consider using the term 'Judeocorporate' media.

As 'fascism' is the merger of corporate and state, judeofascism is the merger of political, media, and banking power with Jewish (ergo 'Zionist') agenda.

And that agenda is getting the US to fight more bloody wars for Israel's lebensraum.

Bill of Rights's picture

Of course you do, cause you're the color of piss, you know a waste product.

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King Tut (not verified) Bill of Rights Feb 2, 2017 10:53 AM

jew mad, bro

Bill of Rights's picture

Fact is cunt im Irish Catholic, but hey call me a jew, I can be tight with a buck :) you on the other hand are still the color of piss.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Catholics and Jews have the same little hats...  hmm....

Toronto_notes's picture

hasbara troll brigade trolling again...

Bill of Rights's picture

Bring you your a game cunt....lets see what you have. You two blowing each other? or is this one of many  user names?

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Bill of Rights Feb 2, 2017 11:00 AM

"The jew cries out in pain as he strikes you"- Polish proverb 

Toronto_notes's picture

lol no your mom was blowing me, what an expert she is :) 

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Takeaction2 (not verified) King Tut Feb 2, 2017 10:57 AM

Looks like we have acquired some newer attempts at MDB.  "King Tut"  and the "Freeze these"... don't write like the original MDB.  Is it the down arrows that turn you on?  Or do you miss getting paid by the Clinton Troll you are here just to get the feeling of how it used to be...thinking you were going to win.  The feeling like you are actually doing something?

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Takeaction2 Feb 2, 2017 11:03 AM

Not showing absolute subservience to Most Exalted Orange Leader does not necessarily make one a flaming lefty liberal

Mustafa Kemal's picture

We even tolerate ad hominen attacks. Its your right, its fight club, but its not interesting.

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The Saint (not verified) King Tut Feb 2, 2017 11:18 AM

Tut, I didn't realize that New Zealand was developing nuclear weapons and ICBM's and threating to wipe Australia off the map.  I guess you learn something new every day.

Krungle's picture

And if they were that sounds like an Australian problem. 

But lets talk about wiping off the map, shall we? In this particular case it is Israel who has hundreds of nukes trained on Iran, no? We all knew this, but it was confirmed but the suddenly forgotten Colin Powell email leaks (200 nukes pointed a Tehran ring a bell?). So your analogy would more appropriately be New Zealand is developing ICBM's as a response to Australia pointing nukes at them and, oh, China destabilizing all their immediate neighbors (this is an imperfect analogy since New Zealand has no other neighbors, but let's say China destabilized and bombed all Fiji and Antarctica). Oh, we can also say that New Zealand had a nationalist leader who wasn't too fond of Australian control, so they also got China to destabilize the New Zealand government and put a psychopath in charge, beholden to Australian and Chinese whims, and the Australians went in and trained death squad for said psychopath. Then, New Zealand finally fought to free itself of this despot, and so began the arms race. 

See people don't just point nukes at other people for no reason generally. And so yes, I ask why the fuck is it our problem if Israel and KSA want to shit in their own backyard? We're to pick up their dogshit? For how many thousands of years have the Persians, Cannanites and Bedouins been fighting their stupid gang wars? Not our problem. Mexico? That's our problem. Venezuela? Possibly our problem. But the rest of this does not concern America. The tribe still has New York, the soon-to-be nation of California, and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in Russia (which has kind of been there for almost a hundred years, largely unoccupied). If you must really have that Mediterranean beach front property, I hear Greece is pretty cheap and accepting refugees. Dragging the entire world into your suicidal war because some Cannanite said the temple must absolutely, positively be right here on this particular rock is insane. 

Winston Churchill's picture

Hopefully DT isn't as big an idiot as you.

Its their country, and Persians are a proud race.Threatening them simply does not work.

US interference in their internal affairs has given us nothing but their justified hate, something only time

might heal..

Cassandra.Hermes's picture

Lol and trigger happy was Clinton!!! You have to be crazy to destabilize Iran, damn Persians are educated and young and too many,

Mustafa Kemal's picture

The Iranians I know are also well spoken, civil, and not obsessed with religion. Its very easy to get them to talk about poetry though. All I think would forgive the US for its tresspasses and violations, which are many, if we would just stop. 

They went to war, soldiers hand in hand, with the USSA/Iraq because we didnt like them taking their country, including THEIR OIL back, and lost over half milliion people, including chemical weapons attacks.. Are the macho fighters in the US ready to take such losses? 

The time may come soon where we get to see if this USSA's macho bluster is real when Americans start dying by the millions instead of onesy twosies. Its easy to be macho when some young captain pulls the trigger from Las Vegas where he is, for the time being, out of range. 

musimann's picture

Iran is the best ally would we could have against Saudis wahabbi terrorists. They hate the takfiris and kill them every chance they get. So anybody calling Iran a terrorist nation has been drinking the MSM zionist hatred way too long.

micksavage2010's picture

er so u abnormally say "this... but LIGHT THESE FUCKERS UP."

u obviously never visited any of the shattered countries der amerikkans have destabilized and wonder if u ever left amerikka or speak anudder language.

r u a nato troll or what?

perhaps if u read a bit more than cnn u could gather better impressions of what is being foisted upon countries amerikka has hosed.

anyone advocating "LIGHT THESE FUCKERS UP" should seek immediate therapy for duh stooped. what a sick notion - let's nuke the human race to extinction. see any dinosaurs around pendejo?

full stop.

Nightjar's picture

Lighten up? Having your country and a whole generation destroyed in recent history by US proxy iraq does that to a people. They wont give la trampa an inch, nor should they. USA cant do shit against them, USA would be quagmired in proxywars in iraq yemen lebanon syria. Before even thinking of getting near Iran itself. I see trump administrations warning as a symbolical signal for iran not to expand its territory/influence.