US ‘Not Seeking a Fight’ with Iran, But Ready to Use ‘Unrelenting Force’ – Sputnik International
McKenzie said the recently announced deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and its battle group to the Persian Gulf, a narrow waterway between Iran and Saudi Arabia, sent a “clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on US interests will be met with unrelenting force.”
The US has also sent a task force of four B-52 Stratofortress bombers to the region, with the massive nuclear-capable planes arriving at the US Air Force’s Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Wednesday.
On April 8, the White House formally designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an elite paramilitary organization, as “not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.”
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Tehran has slammed the declaration, with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noting that it was the IRGC that stepped in to help Iraqi and Syrian forces fight Daesh when the US would not.