- US Sends Carrier Strike Group to Central Command Region to Send ‘Message’ to Iran – Bolton
The US is deploying a carrier strike group and bomber command force to the Middle East to send a “message” to Tehran, that any attack on US interests will be met by “unrelenting force,” national security adviser John Bolton said.
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, [by] the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or regular Iranian forces,” Bolton said in a statement.
Washington announced sanctions against Iran’s nuclear power plant at Bushehr and a ban on exports of heavy water and any further uranium enrichment on Friday. In April the Trump administration said it would not renew exemptions granted last year to buyers of Iranian oil, in line with its plan to bring the Islamic Republic’s crude exports to zero.
Also last month, Washington formally designated the IRGC as a terrorist organization in April. Tehran responded by putting US Central Command on its terrorist list.