US VP warns Iran not to test Trump administration

Vice President Mike Pence speaking to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Days after the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on Iran, Vice President Mike Pence issued a stern warning to the country in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“Iran would do well not to test the resolve of this new president,” Pence said on “This Week” Sunday, adding that Iran should “think twice about their continued hostile and belligerent actions.”

When Stephanopoulos pressed the vice president on what actions by Iran would test Trump’s resolve, the vice president specifically mentioned the country’s ballistic missile tests and military support for Houthi militias in Yemen.

Asked how the US would respond to another provocation, Pence answered that the “president said everything’s on the table” – including military action.

Pence told Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” that Iran’s provocative tone is an insult to the nuclear deal the country reached with the Obama administration, five other major powers, and the European Union.

“Iran should be standing up and be essentially working with the world community. But instead, what we see is this kind of belligerent and hostile behavior, defiant behavior to the world community,” the vice president said.


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