Days after ordering a US aircraft carrier to leave the Middle East, the country’s Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller reversed that decision and ordered the USS Nimitz to remain in place due to alleged Iranian threats “against President Trump. and other US government officials. ” .
Miller said in a statement Sunday night that he had “directed the USS Nimitz to halt its routine redeployment.”
The carrier will now “remain at the station in the US Central Command area of operations,” Miller added.
“No one should doubt the determination of the United States of America.”
In the final days of 2020, the United States sent nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Middle East, prompting a top Iranian military adviser to tweet Trump directly, warning him “not to make the New Year mourning for Americans.” .
Iran called on the United Nations Security Council on Thursday to prevent the United States from carrying out what it called further “military adventurism” in the Gulf and Sea of Oman, including sending nuclear-capable bombers to the region, declaring that it did not want conflict, would defend itself if necessary.
Trump has consistently taken a hard line with Iran, and the two countries appeared to be close to war at the time of Soleimani’s death, although tensions had eased considerably during the coronavirus pandemic.
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“I’m really concerned that the president may be thinking of charging President-elect Biden with some kind of military operation when he walks out the door,” said Tom Nichols, an international affairs expert who teaches at the US Naval War College. .
Iran’s own Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused on Thursday that Trump is creating a pretext for war.
“Iran poses a real threat to the national security of the United States, particularly during this period of heightened risk due to the upcoming anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination,” said Sam Vinograd, a former National Security Council official and CNN analyst.
However, Vinograd added, “I think Iran will calibrate any attack associated with this anniversary because they don’t want to box themselves in before Biden takes office and apparently restarts nuclear negotiations that would lead to the lifting of sanctions.”