The US has called Iran the “world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism” amid heightening tensions between the two countries.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis made the comment the day after Donald Trump’s government imposed new sanctions on Iran in response to it testing a ballistic missile.
Iran’s state media said the Revolutionary Guards were testing out their missile systems, radars, command centres and cyber warfare systems in a show of defiance.
“We are working day and night for the security of the Iranian nation,” said Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ air force.
Mr Mattis did not say he thought there should be more US troops in the Middle East to deal with Iran, however.
He was speaking after the US imposed new sanctions on the country, comprising of restrictions on 13 individuals and 12 companies, the first time since former President Barack Obama lifted crippling economic sanctions from the country in 2015.
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