The United States is sending an aircraft carrier and a bomber force to the Middle East, a “clear and unmistakable” message to Iran, said Sunday the National Security Advisor to the White House, John Bolton.
“In response to disturbing indications of escalation and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier and carrier group and a bomber force to the US Central Command of the region,” said John Bolton. in a statement, without detailing the nature of the escalation attributed to Tehran. The purpose of the deployment is to send “a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime” that “any attack on the interests of the United States or those of our allies will be met with relentless force,” he said.
“The United States does not seek war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, by the Guard Corps of the Islamic Revolution or by the regular Iranian forces.” added President Donald Trump’s advisor.
The statement does not say why the deployment is unfolding now, but intervenes against the backdrop of a deadly escalation since Saturday between Palestinian armed groups – who fire rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory – and the Israeli state conducting air raids. in retaliation.
Relations between Washington and Tehran are at their lowest. A year ago, the Trump administration slammed the door of the international agreement supposed to prevent the Islamic Republic from acquiring the atomic bomb, on the grounds that it considered it too lax and that it did not attack the other “destabilizing” behaviors of Iran in the Middle East. But the other signatories, starting with Washington’s European allies, remain attached to the text for the moment and Tehran continues to respect it, according to international inspectors.