Iran Dismisses US Carrier, Bomber Deployment “Bluff” As “Psychological Warfare”…(10…)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Tue, 05/07/2019

Iran’s top security body has slammed the White House’s claim of “multiple, credible threats” facing US troops stationed in the Middle East by Iranian forces and their allies as mere “psychological warfare” meant to scare and intimidate Tehran.

“Bolton’s statement is a clumsy use of a burnt-out happening for (the purpose of) psychological warfare,” Tasnim quoted Supreme National Security Council spokesman Keyvan Khosravi in translation, according to Reuters. The Iranians noted that the carrier deployment Bolton announced as “responding” to Iran had arrived in the Mediterranean weeks ago, and accused the US of using a routine deployment as a mere pretext for a heightened pressure campaign.

Though it’s true the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group was indeed due for a pre-scheduled visit to support the Middle East CENTCOM region, it appears to be moving toward the Persian Gulf at least one to two weeks early, per defense officials cited by CBS on Tuesday:

The USS Abraham Lincoln has filed with Egypt for permission to go through the Suez Canal and is expected to transit in the next 48-72 hours, Martin reports. The aircraft carrier was scheduled to go to the Gulf anyway but is now going one to two weeks early.

Iran’s state-run Press TV had also previously noted in response to John Bolton’s Sunday evening announcement of a carrier and bomber group deployment to prevent Iranian threats: “The deployment seems to be a ‘regularly scheduled’ one by the U.S. Navy, and Bolton has just tried to talk it up.”

Washington’s announcement was further dismissed as a “bluff” and “empty rhetoric” by multiple Iranian newspapers and editorials, Reuters noted.

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