Donald Trump did not take Iran’s firing of a ballistic missile lightly. He wanted Iran to stop such activities and, to emphasize his point, had put Iran formally on notice for firing the missile. Trump perceives it as a danger to the US with American lives at risk.

Trump wanted to put Iran in its place and said that the United States had given Iran a new lease of life when it was on the point of collapse. The lifeline was in the form of the $150-billion Iran Deal.

This did not go down well with Iran's leader ayatollah khamenei.

He conveyed via his advisor Ali Akbar Velayati that Iran outright rejected the threats of the United States and that his country will not bow to US pressure because he defended the missile test.

He sees the US threat as a mechanism to put a check on the defensive capabilities of Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei labels Donald Trump as inexperienced

Ayatollah Khamenei did not mince his words when he said that the threat from an inexperienced person (meaning US President Donald Trump) does not worry Iran – it is capable of defending itself and does not have to wait for permission from any country.

It must have hurt Donald Trump’s ego.

Retired US Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn has said that, by its actions, Iran had gone against the UN. Iran’s actions amounted to a "destabilizing behavior across the Middle East."

Donald Trump feels that the agreements between Iran and the Obama administration, and also with the United Nations, were not only weak but ineffective as well.

Trump criticized these agreements.

Iran should be thankful for the agreements but, instead of that, it is feeling emboldened.

Was Iran’s missile test successful?

Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan informed a section of the media that the missile test was "successful" and that launching it was not the violation of any nuclear deal with world powers or of any UN resolution.

However, US officials have termed the launch as a failure. They have refuted the claim saying that the medium-range ballistic missile exploded early - after traveling 630 miles.