One day after the U.S. announced that an Iranian rocket had landed within 1,500 yards of an American aircraft carrier, officials said the government is preparing new sanctions against Iran over its missile program.
The incident involving the USS Harry S Truman occurred Saturday in the Strait of Hormuz.
However, the sanctions come in response to Iran’s ballistic missile testing in October and November, which caused both Congressional Republicans and Democrats to call for action.
As reported by Voice of America:
The U.S. and France said the October launch violated a U.N. Security Council resolution banning Iranian development of a ballistic missile. Iran rejected the allegations, saying the sanctions only applied to missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and that their missiles had no such capability.
An Obama official said the administration has been weighing its options since at least October:
"We've been looking for some time at options for additional actions related to Iran's ballistic missile program based on our continued concerns about its activities, including the October 10th launch.'
Also on Wednesday, the U.S. called Saturday's rocket exercise, which occurred in the Persian Gulf waterway through which nearly a third of all oil shipped by sea passes, “highly provocative.”
U.S. Central Command spokesman Kyle Raines said in an emailed statement to Reuters:
“While most interactions between Iranian forces and the U.S. Navy are professional, safe and routine, this event was not and runs contrary to efforts to ensure freedom of navigation and maritime safety in the global commons.”
Iran claims that any new sanctions would violate the nuclear agreement it signed in July with the U.S, the U.K., China, France, Germany and Russia.