05 February, 2017
Three U.S. warships are near the strait, the U.S. defense official said on the condition of anonymity. Ali Akbar Velayati suggested that the Trump administration should consider US failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria before issuing more threats to the Muslim world, according to CNN.
The fresh sanctions have been implemented in the wake of Iran's test last Sunday of a ballistic missile believed to have the capacity of carrying a nuclear weapon.
According to the Pentagon, the Iran-allied Shiite Houthis have placed mines in the water near the entrance to the Bab el-Mandeb strait.
United States officials have said it was conceivable that the Houthis thought they were attacking a USA warship, though since the Houthis have been at war with Saudis since the Saudi invasion two years ago, it's not at all clear why that might've been.
In response to the comments by both Trump and his National Security Advisor Michael Flynn - who Wednesday said that the Iranian test put "American lives at risk" - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said his country was not intimidated by "useless" threats by "an inexperienced person".
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Two Saudi sailors were killed and three were wounded in the attack.
The press secretary did not correct the allegation that the Iranian government carried out the attack.
"While they [missiles tests] didn't contravene the nuclear accord signed in 2015, the missile tests are seen by some nations as going against a UN Security Council resolution that enshrines the agreement", reports Bloomberg.
Trump tweeted Friday that "Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them".
The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure on Iran over its missile program on Friday by announcing new sanctions on multiple Iranian individuals and entities.
Iran has increased its supply of weapons to Shia Houthi rebels in war-torn Yemen, as the Trump administration promises a tougher stance on the Islamic Republic (Isis).