The regime that rules Iran is asking for a "bad problem" if they continue to sow chaos in the Middle East, President Donald Trump said Monday at the White House.
Hinting that Iran could be to blame for the reported sabotage attacks against Arab allies in the Persian Gulf, President Trump made it clear to Tehran that there would be consequences for any aggression.
"It's going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens, I can tell you that," the president said in the Oval Office. "They're not going to be happy.
"I'm hearing little stories about Iran. If they do anything they will suffer greatly," the president added during his scheduled meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Reporter: "Are we going to war with Iran?" President Trump: "We’ll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything… https://t.co/Wczu4BC63Z— Ryan Saavedra (@Ryan Saavedra) 1557773892.0
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The news comes amid heightened concerns about Iran's efforts to disrupt or attempt to close off the vital shipping routes in the Gulf. The United States has deployed several warships and military assets into the region, citing terrorist threats from Iran and its proxy entities.
Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates' state news agencies announced that their commercial vessels and oil tankers were damaged. The Saudi government said the attacks were designed to "sabotage" the vessels while they were traveling around the Persian Gulf.
The #US is working closely with #SaudiArabia to ascertain what happened off the coast of the #UAE on Monday when tw… https://t.co/aOq5CWqrdN— Arab News (@Arab News) 1557771723.0
Neither party, nor the United States government, has speculated or provided more information regarding who they believe is stirring up trouble in the strategically vital, energy-rich area of the world.
State Department Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook offered additional commentary on the situation. While he was in Brussels with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Hook told reporters, "The secretary shared information and intelligence with allies and discussed the multiple plot vectors emerging from Iran. We know that Europe shares our concerns about stability in the Gulf and the Middle East."
Senior State Dept official Brian Hook to reporters in Brussels: #Iran "cannot organize train and equip their proxie… https://t.co/idLTe3tIRg— Elizabeth McLaughlin (@Elizabeth McLaughlin) 1557771759.0