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World War 3: Trump’s dire warning before Iran ‘captured’ US warship fleet
September 23, 2020
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Iran and the US have found themselves at loggerheads after the former claimed to have captured a US warship fleet in a key strategic waterway. IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Sardar Alireza Tangsiri said Iranian drones have tracked a number of US vessels. “Sardar Alireza Tangsiri announced the interception of an American aircraft carrier fleet with IRGC native drones during the annexation of 188 UAVs and helicopters to the IRGC navy and stated: Two destroyers 114 and 104, battleships 58 and 59, two patrol frigates 9 and 12 and a US Coast Guard 1,333 terrorist submarine were identified before entering the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf,” according to the Tasnim news agency.
The US and Iran, although often engaged in ill feeling, have been otherwise engaged in their own national crises, with the coronavirus pandemic having hit both countries tremendously hard.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani drew attention back to the discrepancies after he used his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to denounce American pressure and send a message of resistance and resilience to the US, signaling no matter the pressure, the Islamic Republic will refuse to budge.
President Trump did not address the statement, focusing his slot on anti-China sentiment.
He warned Tehran earlier this month that should Iran assassinate Lana Marks, the US ambassador to South Africa ‒ as it has suggested ‒ he will order severe military action against Iran; the move would be in retaliation to the American killing of Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s former most powerful military commander.
Conflict between the US and Iran has been a risk for years before Trump took the White House, but the incumbent has taken a more aggressive policy stance with Iran than his predecessors, and last year told Rouhani that war would be the “end” of Iran.
It came as tensions soared between the two after two Saudi tankers were sabotaged off the UAE coast, with one ship reportedly containing oil bound for the US.
In a tweet shortly after the incident, Trump wrote: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.
“Never threaten the United States again!”
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back, and tweeted in response that such “genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran'”.
Trump deployed additional warships and planes to the Gulf at the time to beef up the US’ presence in the region.
Many noted that Trump’s tweet shifted the tone after recent attempts had tried to downplay the possibility of conflict.
Just a day before, Trump appeared in an interview with Fox News and vowed he would not let Iran develop nuclear weapons ‒ but said he did not want a war.
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He said: “I’m not somebody that wants to go into war, because war hurts economies, war kills people most importantly ‒ by far most importantly.”
The comments sharply contrasted with his tweet the following day.
The US and Iran have a long and complicated relationship.
Many claim that much of Iran’s modern-day political exasperations stem from the time when Washington and the UK orchestrated a coup to oust Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadeq, in 1953.
A revolution, hostage crisis, and inflamed rhetoric in the following years are all but a few events that have soured relations between the two nations.
Meanwhile, the American fleet reportedly captured by Iran have been condemned by the authorities for ever having been in the region.
Navy commander Tangsiri, speaking on Sunday, lashed out at the move, and said: “This is our home and it is US terrorists that are present in the wrong place.
“We have never started a war and will never do so.
“But should a war break out, we are definitely not afraid of it.”
He added: “We always avoid war, but if the enemies want to threaten and encroach upon our national interests in any part of the country, we will firmly stand up to any such move. said.
“I’m telling the enemies not to repeat a mistake.”
The IRGC did not name the ship it claims to have tracked.
The US 5th Fleet, however, confirmed on Friday that aircraft carrier USS Nimitz had sailed through the Strait of Hormuz on its way to the Persian Gulf.
It had been accompanied by guided-missile cruisers USS Princeton (CG-59) and USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) and guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104), the numbers of which were provided by Tangsiri.