The “Pentagon” announced, on Sunday, that the aircraft carrier will remain in the Arabian Gulf due to “recent threats” from Iran.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated that his country “is not looking for Saddam, but at the same time it will respond to any move against it.”
Zadeh added that “the actions, movements and harm of the United States are not hidden from our eyes, and our intelligence, security and military institutions are fully aware of the seemingly hidden moves of the United States in the region and in Iraq.”
He pointed out that “Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif confirmed in a phone call with his Qatari counterpart last week that the consequences of any adventure and tension in the region bear the responsibility of the United States.”
The Iranian official stated that “our messages were clearly conveyed to Washington and the countries of the region, and they were told not to fall into the trap of the Americans, and we are carefully looking at these movements.”
He pointed out that “the American moves in the region are contrived. We have informed the countries of the region to exercise caution so that they do not fall into America’s net.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman denied there was any intention to enter his country into talks with Washington about Iran’s missile capabilities.
This came in Iran’s response to what was stated yesterday by the National Security Adviser in the administration of US President-elect Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, about the incoming administration’s support for the inclusion of Iran’s nuclear agreement negotiations with its ballistic missiles.
Saeed Khatibzadeh continued, “America recognized the peaceful Iranian nuclear activity. Iranian missile power is not included in the nuclear agreement.
Tensions still exist between Tehran and Washington since the assassination of the Iranian Quds Force commander, General Qassem Soleimani, by a US drone on January 3, 2020, at the order of US President Donald Trump.
This dangerous escalation between the two parties coincided with the anniversary of the assassination of Soleimani, amid American fears of a response by Iran or its militias in the region against American interests.