Iran’s supreme leader has expressed deep concern over the “continued expansion of the Iranian missile program” and warned that Washington’s policy of “strategic ambiguity” with the Islamic Republic is “not going to work.”
President Donald Trump’s statement that he “did not have a problem” with Iran in its ballistic missile program is in line with the position of many senior American officials, including the commander in chief.
Iran has been widely reported to have advanced missiles with ranges of up to 500 miles, although Washington has said the program is aimed at producing small intercontinental ballistic missiles that could be used against American targets.
In a statement to Iranian state media late Friday, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the missile program “has the potential to destroy the countries that are allied with us.”
“The world has witnessed the disastrous effects of strategic ambiguity with Iran,” Khamenei added.
Khamenei added that the nuclear program was a major obstacle to world peace and stability.
“If this policy continues, Iran will surely be a world power.
If it continues, it will become a nuclear power,” Khamenebenei said.
Last week, Trump said Iran “should be dealt with” by other countries.
“I think they should have their people put on trial, they should be dealt … with other countries,” Trump told CBS News’ John Dickerson.
Trump’s administration has been trying to distance itself from his campaign promise to slap a 35 percent tax on Iranian oil imports.
On Friday, Trump told reporters that the U.S. had no plans to cut off all oil imports from Iran.
At a press conference on Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the United States “shouldn’t be making the decisions that are damaging the situation in the Middle East.”
The United States has also not ruled out imposing sanctions on Iran, saying it “must remain vigilant against the threat of nuclear weapons and the threat to regional peace and security.”