IRAN ALERT: US tensions with Tehran SOAR ahead of nuclear anniversary

The White House today declared a US aircraft carrier and bomber wing would be deployed to the Persian Gulf in a clear show of force to Iran. A spokesperson said the move was taken in response to a number of “troubling” warnings from Iran. The statement 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.”

The US is looking to send a “clear and unmistakable message” to the Iranian regime that any attack on US interests or on those of allies will be met with unrelenting force, the statement said.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is thought to be planning a speech on Wednesday, the anniversary of the deal pullout.

His speech will discuss the next steps Tehran will take to confront US officials in the Islamic Republic, who were previously warned Iran may increase its uranium enrichment.

He will also discuss a potential withdrawal from the deal that his country has looked to salvage for months.

Iran has continued to comply with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, according to the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

The deal saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for a lifting of most international sanctions.

American sanctions have caused chaos on Iran’s struggling economy whilst help from European partners in the deal haven’t alleviated their issues.

In Iran the inflation has gone up, oil sales have sharply fallen and the value of Iranian rial has sunk.

Iranian ISNA news agency said Monday: “Partial and total reduction of some of Iran's commitments and resumption of some nuclear activities which were ceased following (the deal) are the first step.”

Iran’s hard-lined Javad newspaper said the anniversary of the nuclear withdrawal from the US would “ignite the matchstick for burning the deal”.

The paper said today Iran may install advanced centrifuges as its Nananz facility and start enrichment at the Fordo facility.

Both of these activities are prohibited under the nuclear deal.

However, a member of Iran’s parliament said the country has “no intention to withdraw form the nuclear accord and will continue to fulfil its commitments as it has done so far.”

The USS Abraham Lincoln has been in the Mediterranean Sea alongside the USS John C. Stennis conducting operations.

It is not clear what bomber wing will be deployed to the region and it is unclear what threat US officials see coming from Iran.

The White House statement 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, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.”

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