Trump instructs US Navy to attack Iranian gunboats


Iranian state TV reported that the Revolutionary Guards launched Iran's first military satellite on Tuesday.

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Navy said Revolutionary Guard vessels repeatedly crossed the bows and sterns of several American ships at close range and high speed in the northern Gulf.

Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps vowed that Iran forces will take action against US "terrorist" ships that harass Tehran's.

The U.S. alleges such satellite launches defy a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Despite a United Nations ban on Iran testing ballistic missiles, which can have a military goal, Iran said Wednesday it had launched a military satellite into space.

The U.S. has classified Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation.

"Today, we are looking at the Earth from the sky, and it is the beginning of the formation of a world power", Salami said Wednesday, as quoted by Fars news agency. It said the satellite named "Noor" had reached orbit. Such techniques we qualify as unscrupulous, they have always been discredited, proved a complete failure.

France also calls on Iran to immediately cease all activity related to the development of ballistic missiles created to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons, a ministry statement said.

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Senior Pentagon officials said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's comments on Iran were meant as a warning to Tehran, but suggested that the US military would continue to abide by their existing right to self defense instead of any changes to their rules.

Earlier in March, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., the commander of U.S. Central Command, stated that "tensions with Tehran have not come down and may be exacerbated" due to the large number of infections and casualty in Iran from the coronavirus. The Navy called Iran's maneuvers "dangerous and provocative". Similarly, in 2019, Iran saw two launch failures, a launchpad rocket explosion and a separate fire incident at the Imam Khomeini Space Center, which killed three researchers.

Hyten said he thinks the Iranians understand what Trump meant.

"What the president says sends a great message to Iran", said General John Hyten, vice-chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"The Iranian ballistics program is a major concern for regional and global security".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "Iran needs to be held accountable for what it's done".

The U.S. State Department and the Pentagon, which contend that such launches advance Iran's ballistic missile program, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

KELEMEN: Critics of the maximum pressure campaign say these are signs that the USA policy is failing if it is really meant to get Iran back to the negotiating table and not to provoke a conflict with Iran.