Any new sanctions would not violate the Iran nuclear deal of 2015, but would be related directly to terrorism-related activities and ballistic missile-related activities that are under separate U.S. executive orders that are in existence.
Earlier in the week, national security adviser Michael Flynn put Iran "on notice." This was echoed on Thursday by President Trump and we have made it clear that the U.S. will act against Iran unless it ceases ballistic missile testing and supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Trump tweeted, "Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!"
The President wrote another tweet saying: "Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion."
President Trump had the money figure wrong--the Obama badministration gave Iran access to about $100 billion of its own money that had been frozen in foreign bank accounts. We did not give them any of our own money.
On Wednesday, when Flynn said: "As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice," he had accused them of threatening our allies and spreading instability throughout the Middle East and faulting the Obama badministration for doing too little.
Flynn wasn't specific by what he meant by "on notice," but senior Trump officials said they were seriously considering a "range of options." These include economic measures and greater support for Iran's adversaries. It is not clear what, if any, military measures are being considered.
Iran's acting commander of the Revolutionary Guard, General Hossein Salami told Tasnim news agency that Iran will "never change direction by a world power's demand, and our missile and non-missile power will be updated every day."
He made no mention of the return of the Twelfth Imam and the Iranian people's willingness to die to speed up 'the end of times.'
A majority of Shi'ite Muslims believe in the "12th Imam" born in 868 A.D. and that he was place by God into hiding (known as occultation) until the day of judgment. Many Shi'ites refer to the 12 Imam as the Mahdi (Arabic for "messiah" or "guide").
Though Islam cannot say when the 12th Imam will make his grand entrance again, they think when he comes, he will end the misery of his people.
Ray Tallman, director of the school of intercultural studies at Golden Gate Seminary said the major eschatological question for Shi'ite Muslims is when the Mahdi's return will take place, and many believe the time is near.
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not only believes in the return of the Mahdi, but that the return is the responsibility of the Iranian government to prepare the country for his return.
In spite of the fact that Shi'ites and Sunnis frequently battle each other, they both have common efforts to destroy Israel, which is a critical part of Islam taking over the world and ushering in the Mahdi.
So you can imagine the Iranians are not afraid of developing nuclear weaponry and using it. In fact, many of the more religious Shi'ites welcome the idea of doing so to bring the 12th Imam out of the "religious closet,' so to speak.
What the Trump administration is doing is totally necessary to weaken this crazy nation of wannabe Paradise-dwellers. They are putting them on notice telling them they need to rething their behavior.
We are not going to stand for it anymore and we're not going to be predictable, like the guy who came before Trump and took his red crayons with him when he left.