The United States has deployed an aircraft carrier to the Middle East to send a “clear and unmistakable message” to Iran.
National security adviser John Bolton said the administration was acting “in response to a series of troubling and staggered warnings and warnings.”
The deployment of the warship was based on claims of a possible attack on US forces stationed in the region, anonymous US officials said. UU
Mr. Bolton added that they would counteract any attack with “relentless force.”
In a statement, Mr. Bolton said: “The United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a special group of bombers in the Central Command region of the United States to send a clear and unequivocal message to the Iranian regime that any attack on the interests of the United States or those of our allies will meet with relentless force. “
He added: “The United States is not seeking a war against the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps or the regular Iranian forces.”
The ship was already in Europe for war games with US allies. UU That have taken place since the end of April.
So far, there are few details on the part of the Americans of the alleged Iranian actions that have provoked this warning nor of the specific deployments of the United States in course.
It is not unusual for an aircraft carrier and its battle group to be sent to the Gulf. Strengthening US air assets in the region, albeit temporarily, is less routine.
Washington has increased the pressure on Iran in recent months; designate the Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran as a terrorist entity; hardening oil sanctions and so on.
But the goal of the Trump administration is not clear. Their spokesmen insist that they do not want the war with Iran, but they can also hide their enthusiasm for regime change in Tehran.
So, is this movement of the United States an attempt to guarantee the current and uncomfortable status quo? Or is it an attempt to tighten the screw even more?
Many critics of the administration fear that a hype will develop into a conflict that, they fear, could explode by accident or by design.
The deployment comes amid growing tensions between the United States and Iran.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on a trip to Europe: “It is absolutely true that we have seen escalating actions by the Iranians and it is also the case in which we will hold the Iranians accountable for the attacks on US interests. “
He did not explain what he meant by “staggered actions,” however, he added: “We have good reasons to want to clearly communicate how Iranians should understand how we will respond to the actions they may take.”
Last year, President Donald Trump withdrew unilaterally from a historic nuclear agreement that the United States and other nations agreed with Iran in 2015.
Under the agreement, Iran had agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow the entry of international inspectors in exchange for sanctions.
And last month, the White House said it would end sanctions exemptions for five countries, China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey, which were still buying Iranian oil.
At the same time, the United States also blacklisted the body of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, designating it as a foreign terrorist group.
The Trump administration hopes to force Iran to negotiate a “new agreement” that covers not only its nuclear activities, but also its ballistic missile program and what officials call its “malign behavior” throughout the Middle East.
The sanctions have led to a sharp slowdown in Iran’s economy, raising the value of its currency to record lows, driving away foreign investors and provoking protests.
Iran has repeatedly threatened to retaliate against US measures. UU By blocking the Strait of Hormuz, although a fifth of all the oil consumed worldwide passes.