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28th April 2017 - War on the Rocks

Missing the Point on Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told a defense exposition this month that his country would “not seek the permission of anyone” to build missiles, affirming “a need for vigilance” against perceived foreign aggression.

4th April 2017 - Quoted by Jose Pagliery - CNN

North Korea-linked hackers are attacking banks worldwide

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea's hacking operations are growing and getting more bold -- and increasingly targeting financial institutions worldwide.

30th March 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Commander: Iran Poses “Most Significant Threat” to American Interests in Middle East

Tzvi Kahn

Iran “aspires to be a regional hegemon” and remains “the most significant threat” to the United States and its allies, the head of the U.S. Central Command said in a congressional testimony on Wednesday.

29th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Ups Ante with New Iran Sanctions

Tzvi Kahn

House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests and other malign behavior.

6th March 2017 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

Iran launched 2 ballistic missiles, US officials say

Continuing a pattern of provocative actions, Iran this weekend test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles and sent fast-attack vessels close to a U.S. Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News.

7th February 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Iran pulls missile from launchpad following being put ‘on notice’ by Trump administration

Iran appears to have pulled a ballistic missile that appeared prepared for testing off a launch pad after being put "on notice" by the US, according to a report from Fox News on Tuesday.

6th February 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on Tehran's recent ballistic missile tests and the Trump administration responding sanctions.

6th February 2017 - Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on Tehran testing another ballistic missile, and Iran's post-U.S. sanctions provocations.

6th February 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Former Top Treasury Official: Trump’s Iran Sanctions More Symbolic Than Punitive

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Sanctions the Trump administration imposed on Iran after the country conducted another ballistic missile launch are more symbolic than punitive, a former Obama administration Treasury Department official said Monday.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Abigail Williams, Corky Siemaszko - NBC News

U.S. Hits Iran With New Sanctions for Ballistic Missile Test, Terrorism Sponsorship

Mark Dubowitz

"Iran's continued support for terrorism and development of its ballistic missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide, and to the United States," said John E. Smith, acting director of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

Trump Administration Set to Impose New Sanctions on Iran Entities as Soon as Friday

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration is set to impose fresh sanctions on dozens of Iranian entities for their alleged role in missile development and terrorism, in a move likely to escalate U.S. tensions with Tehran, according to people close to the deliberations.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Vivian Salama, Matthew Lee - Associated Press

US Hits 13 People, Dozen Companies in New Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on 13 people and a dozen companies in response to Iran's recent ballistic missile test, increasing pressure on Tehran without directly undercutting a landmark nuclear deal with the country.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - Arab News

Trump turns up the heat on Iran, but no clear game plan yet

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump administration left little to no doubt Thursday about its intentions to take a more aggressive posture against Iran.

1st February 2017 - Quoted by Toluse Olurunnipa, Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

White House Puts Iran ‘On Notice’ for Ballistic Missile Test

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said the Trump administration is putting Iran "on notice" after a ballistic missile launch the White House considers a provocation.

1st February 2017 - Quoted by Steve Holland - Reuters

Top Trump aide condemns Iranian ballistic missile test

Mark Dubowitz

A top adviser to President Donald Trump delivered a tough warning to Iran on Wednesday for test-firing a ballistic missile and declared "we are officially putting Iran on notice" for what he called a provocation.

1st February 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - Arab News

Iran’s ballistic missile launch a test for Trump

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s ballistic missile launch on Sunday was Tehran’s “first litmus test” for the Donald Trump administration as much as it was a regional show of force, according to experts.

1st February 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the attack in Yemen and Iran's ballistic missile test.

31st January 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu comments on Iran's recent ballistic missile test.

18th November 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Incoming CIA Director Has Reputation for Confronting Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) to serve as the next CIA director is garnering early praise from senior congressional insiders and foreign policy experts, who told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday that the lawmaker has won plaudits for taking a...

29th September 2016 - Military Edge

Assessing the Latest Iranian Ballistic Missile: The Zulfiqar

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s Armed Forces on Thursday concluded their celebration of “Sacred Defense Week” – the annual commemoration of the first week of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War.

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