US increases military activity in the Persian Gulf amid Tehran and Washington tensions
Islam News – The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said the US Army increased military activity in the Persian Gulf as the US Navy announced the arrival of a nuclear-powered submarine in the region amid rising Iran and US tensions, claiming that it stemmed from Washington’s fear of the consequences of its past acts of mischief in this region.
“Increased activities by the US Army in the [West Asia] region is just a defensive show and stems from fear due to past acts of mischief [by the US in this region],” Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said in a Monday tweet, as Press TV News reported.
Shamkhani’s statements came after the US Navy announced last Monday the arrival of a nuclear-powered submarine in the Persian Gulf amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington on the eve of the first anniversary of the assassination of Iran’s top anti-terror general on direct orders of outgoing US President Donald Trump.
In a statement, Navy officials said the USS Georgia entered the region known as the Strait of Hormuz accompanied by two American warships — the first missile-loaded submarine of its kind to travel to the Persian Gulf in eight years.
According to a report by the Navy Times, the display of military might is meant to signify the United States’ ongoing commitment to the Middle East, even as the Trump administration draws down the number of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan – New York Post reported.