A US official who knows the situation directly informs CNN that the threats have been against both the US naval forces and the Middle East forces. The stakes are aimed specifically at preventing Iranian military action, the official added.
A statement by US Security Advisor John Bolton states: “In response to a series of disturbing and escalating clues and warnings, the United States is sending a clear and straightforward USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber force to US headquarters unequivocal message to the Iranian regime that every attack on the interests of the United States or that of our allies is struck with relentless force. “
“The United States does not want to go to war with the Iranian regime, but we are ready to respond to any attack, be it by deputies, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps or regular Iranian forces,” the statement said.
Two US officials tell CNN that public statements are intended to deter Iran. There is no indication that an act of Iran is imminent.
Reigning Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Sunday sanctioned USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force because “clear signs are showing that Iranian and Iranian deputies are preparing to send US troops to the region (Middle East).” attack, “said the US official.
The bomber task force is preparing the preparations.
Defense Department spokesman Chris Sherwood said in a statement to CNN, “I can confirm that the US Department of Defense is stationing the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force in the US Command Command area.”
This story has been updated.