Tehran, MINA – Iran labelled the US announcement that it was deploying a naval strike group to the Middle East to deliver the Islamic Republic a message as “psychological warfare”.
The dismissal on Monday came a day after John Bolton, US national security adviser, said Washington was sending the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force as a “clear and unmistakable message” that it will retaliate against any attack on its interests or its allies by Iran.
Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman for Iran’s supreme national security council, said, “Bolton’s statement is a clumsy use of an out-of-date event for psychological warfare.” Al Jazeera reported.
The Tasnim news agency quoted Khosravi as saying that Iranian armed forces had observed the carrier entering the Mediterranean Sea 21 days ago.
Bolton “lacks military and security understanding and his remarks are mostly meant to draw attention to himself”, Khosravi added. (T/RI-1/R04)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)