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Ayatollah Khamenei (Photo: khamenei.ir)

While this week's confirmed test launch of an Iranian ballistic missile is indeed troubling, it is also not surprising. The White House rebuked Iran for its actions, stating it is putting the Islamic Republic "on notice." That is a good start, writes Gatestone Institute's Majid Rafizadeh, who says that Iran is not only going forward with its anti-American and anti-Israel philosophies, but is testing Washington to see what response such actions might bring:

Iran is also dangerously provoking other regional states and destabilizing the region.

According to a previous report obtained by the Associated Press, the launches are "destabilizing and provocative" and the Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile and Qiam-1 short-range ballistic missile fired by Iran are "inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons."

Iran is publicly challenging President Trump and his administration. Iranian leaders are sending a signal that Trump's presidency is not going to alter Tehran's core pillars of foreign and revolutionary policies towards Israel and the US. Iranian authorities are also testing the water to examine what Washington's reaction would be and whether the White House would react the same way that it did under Obama administration...

Trump administration has officially put Iran on notice. Flynn stated "Recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants [from Yemen], underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran's destabilizing behavior across the Middle East," Flynn said.

Nevertheless, Iran is not backing down. Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan signaled that Iran will continue with its current behavior " The recent test was in line with our plan...Nobody can influence our decision. We will not allow foreigners to interfere in our defence affairs."

US allies are on the side of Washington when it comes to opposing Iran's military adventurism. Trump administration can use the power of these alliances. President Trump ought to continue with robust responses to Iran's violations. Because If Iran's aggressions and violation are disregarded, Tehran will interpret it as weakness and as a green light to continue with its anti-American, anti-Semitic, revolutionary and militaristic policies...

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