Washington, United States:
The US plane provider USS Nimitz will stay within the Gulf because of “latest threats” by Iran, the Pentagon mentioned Sunday, following reviews the ship was returning house in what some learn as an indication of de-escalation.
The Nimitz has been patrolling Gulf waters since late November, however American media mentioned this week that the appearing US protection secretary, Christopher C. Miller, had ordered the vessel to return house.
The New York Times, quoting US officers, mentioned this transfer was a part of a “de-escalatory” sign to Tehran to keep away from a battle in President Donald Trump’s final days in workplace.
However, Miller issued an announcement on the contrary late Sunday.
“Due to the latest threats issued by Iranian leaders towards President Trump and different U.S. authorities officers, I’ve ordered the USS Nimitz to halt its routine redeployment,” he mentioned.
“The USS Nimitz will now stay on station within the U.S. Central Command space of operations. No one ought to doubt the resolve of the United States of America.”
His assertion got here one yr after a US drone strike in Baghdad killed Iran’s revered commander Qasem Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Thousands of Iraqi mourners chanted “revenge” and “no to America” on Sunday.
The anniversary of the Baghdad drone strike was additionally marked in latest days throughout Iran and by supporters in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and elsewhere.
Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a landmark nuclear take care of Iran and world powers in 2018 and launched a “most stress” marketing campaign towards Tehran, reimposing and reinforcing crippling sanctions.
The two nations have twice come to the brink of struggle since June 2019, particularly following the killing of Soleimani.
Days after the Soleimani assassination, Iran launched a volley of missiles at Iraqi bases housing US and different coalition troops, with Trump refraining from any additional navy response.
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