On Saturday, national security adviser John Bolton revealed that in response to “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran, the U.S. will send a carrier strike group and bomber task force to the Middle East.
According to The Hill, Bolton said: "In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force."
"The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces," he continued.
This is another in a string of recent moves against Tehran. Last month, Trump announced sanctions which targeted foreign countries that receive oil exports from Iran. It has been reported that the White House is plans to announce more, similar sanctions later this week. Further, in April the U.S. designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a foreign terrorist organization. This is the first time that a government organization has been designated as such. Iran responded by designating all U.S. troops in the Middle East terrorists.
Bolton has a history with the Middle East. After the 9/11 attacks, Iraq quickly offered to make a treaty and submit to inspections for weapons of mass destruction.Bolton went on to make the case for war and invaded in March 23 after the United Nations inspected Iran and found no weapons of mass destruction.
“We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action. So the leaders of America, who themselves are the creators and supporters of terrorists in the (Middle East) region, will regret this inappropriate and idiotic action," said Iranian lawmakers following the statement.
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