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U.S. deploying carrier, bombers to deter Iran: Bolton

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Published on May 6, 2019 - Duration: 01:24s

U.S. deploying carrier, bombers to deter Iran: Bolton

The Trump administration is deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East in response to troubling “indications and warnings” from Iran and to show the United States will retaliate with “unrelenting force” to any attack, national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday.

Ryan Brooks reports.

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U.S. deploying carrier, bombers to deter Iran: Bolton

An American show of force is heading to the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Sunday (May 5) announced it was sending an aircraft carrier and fleet of bombers to the region, a move national security adviser John Bolton called a "clear and unmistakable message for Iran." In a statement, Bolton said the U.S. wasn't looking for war but said "we are fully prepared to respond to any attack." He mentioned troubling "indications and warnings" from Iran - although he stopped short of mentioning any specific threats.

The ship is the USS Abraham Lincoln, which steamed out of Virginia last month with a convoy in tow.

At the time it was on what the U.S. Navy called a "regularly schedule deployment" without giving any destination.

This is the latest in a series of moves by the Trump administration to isolate Iran, which began last year - when Washington withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

The Trump administration has also blacklisted the country's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps - or IRGC, calling it a foreign terrorist organization.

It also announced it would stop waivers for countries buying Iranian oil, in an attempt to reduce Tehran's oil exports to zero.

The IRGC has responded with a threat to close the Strait of Hormuz.

About a fifth of the oil consumed globally passes through the strategic waterway.

Iran has made similar threats in the past, but has not acted on them.

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