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Despite yesterday’s harsh warning from Tehran that the U.S. should keep its aircraft carriers from the Persian Gulf “or else,” the military says it will keep sending American warships through the Gulf just as it always has.Stars and Stripes reports Pentagon spokesman George Little said “The deployment of U.S. military assets in the Persian Gulf region will continue as it has for decades.”
A letter from the Navy was originally reported on by Voice of America, saying the U.S. will continue to do everything necessary to maintain the safe passage of all maritime traffic through the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz indefinitely.
Iran had threatened to close the strait if the U.S. followed through on imposing further sanctions against Tehran;. President Obama signed the additional sanctions into law New Year’s Eve.
Iran was voicing its anti-carrier rhetoric following the passage of the USS John C. Stennis through the Strait of Hormuz last Tuesday.
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