“Iran would do well not to test the resolve of this new president,” Pence said on “This Week” Sunday, adding that Iran should “think twice about their continued hostile and belligerent actions.”
Asked how the U.S. would respond to another provocation, Pence answered that the “president said everything’s on the table” -- including military action.
The economic restrictions will target 13 individuals and 12 entities in what senior administration officials described as a direct response to Iran's missile test and its "provocative" behavior.
Iranian officials dismissed the sanctions and vowed to "respond proportionately and reciprocally to any move that targets the interests of the Iranian people.”
“Iran should be standing up and be essentially working with the world community. But instead, what we see is this kind of belligerent and hostile behavior, defiant behavior to the world community,” the vice president said.
Given the somewhat contradictory views, Stephanopoulos pressed Pence on the administration’s policy toward Iran.
“The president and I and our administration think it was a terrible deal,” the vice president said. “We're evaluating [what to do next] as we speak.”
Ultimately, Pence said, the decision is President Trump’s.
“The president will make that decision in the days ahead, and he'll listen to all of his advisers, whether it be Secretary Tillerson or whether it be Secretary Mattis. We'll take all the inputs.”