7 May 2019 - 15:09
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Dispatch of Lincoln to Persian Gulf not influencing Iran

Tehran, May 7, IRNA - Deployment of the US aircraft carrier Lincoln to the Persian Gulf will not affect Tehran's peaceful and security-oriented discourse on foreign policy although it has been done in line with US’ maximum pressure on Iran.

The recent announcement by US National Security Adviser John Bolton of the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf has made many discussions in the media.

On Sunday evening, May 5, 'In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to Iran that 'any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force'. The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian government, but 'we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, or the regular Iranian forces'.

In a statement issued on this subject, the US national security adviser argued that sending a US Army bomber unit to the Middle East would carry this 'clear message' to Iran that, in the event of any 'military offensive' against the interests of the United States or its allies, will face a 'brutal reaction'.

Recently, the Associated Press quoted a government official at the Department of Defense in a report claiming that there are indications that Iran and the 'proxy' forces of the Islamic Republic intended to attack the US forces in the region.

This is not the first time that the US officials have used false claims to pave the ground for their aggressive actions against other countries.

While the United States, by sending the aircraft carrier against Bolton rhetoric in which he claimed in his statement that the United States was not planning to fight Iran, has tried to intimidate Iran it was fully prepared to respond to any attack by the Iranian Revolution Guard Corps, Iran's conventional military forces or proxy groups (Iran).

Bolton has used a defense argument to justify US aggression, while the Islamic Republic of Iran has not attacked the interests of any country and has consistently pursued to establish stability and security in the region.

The deployment of this aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf takes about a month after Donald Trump has labeled the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. Against this background, Iran declared the Central Command of the US Army in West Asia as a terrorist organization.

Evidence suggests that the US president himself does not welcome the 'military option' against Iran, and his pressure on Iran is aimed at 'changing Iran's behavior'.

Despite recent warnings by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about the moves of close friends of Trump to push the United States to a military strike, Bolton, as the head of 'Team B,' is pushing for his US foreign policy goal.

In his talks with Fox News recently Zarif called Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, United Arab Emirates Khalifa Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and John Bolton as members of “Team who wanted to bring the United States into a clash (military with Iran).

According to some news sources, Trump is opposed to Bolton's movement. The CNN news channel recently in report on Venezuela's development quoted Donald Trump, in which the president of the United States told a circle of his associates said that if Bolton’s policies were to be implemented, then we will be involved in the war everywhere in the world.

US officials, including Bolton, claim that pressure on Iran is aimed at changing the behavior of the country. While Trump, through these actions, calls for weak behavior and Iran’s surrender to his will, Bolton, who has a long history of anti-Iranian measures, welcomes the military option.

The review of this American official's remarks, as it was during the time of W. Bush, as the US ambassador to the United Nations, and in the years to come, proves this reality.

Forty years of experience in the Islamic Republic of Iran has shown that the nature of the American decision will not affect Iran's acts in the region and international arena.

Whether Trump will target Iran's behavior, whether Bolton will be satisfied just with a conflict with Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran will always adhere to its international obligations and, in the framework of the international legal principles, will regulate its actions with other national states.

For the past forty years, Iran has always in favor of peace and stability in the region, let alone the US plans in the region, and will take step on the path to promote stability in the region. In the past years, Tehran, during both Obama and at the time of Trump, has proved its peacefulness in combating terrorist groups in the region and in supporting peace talks in the countries involved in the unrest.

Although the contradiction of in the word and actions of Bolton is obvious, it is undeniable that the Islamic Republic of Iran, in accordance with the principles governing its foreign policy, defends itself against any aggression and based on its three principles of 'dignity, wisdom and expediency' pursues its foreign policy.

Independence is one of the hallmarks of the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic that prevents our country from acting in a passive way. The United States takes any decision and acts in all ways, the Iranian diplomats rely on their principles.

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