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U.S. sends naval group to Persian Gulf amidst Iran's missile tests

USS John C. Stennis, the aircraft carrier, leads the group, which is to stay in the Gulf for the next two months
16:52, 4 December 2018

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The U.S. military command sent a group of Navy vessels to the Persian Gulf led by Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis. The basic goal of this maneuver is the demonstration of the American firepower to Iran, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Pentagon believes that the appearance of the U.S. aircraft carrier off the coast of the Islamic Republic of Iran 'will make the Iranian leaders think twice before resorting to military force'.

USS John C. Stennis and the rest of the group will stay in the Gulf for the next two months; it's the first time for the past eight months that the U.S. ships entered the Gulf.   

Earlier, the White House stated that Iran tested the middle-range ballistic missile. Tehran responded that the tests will continue in order to boost the country's defense capability. 

Previously, in November, the U.S. imposed sanctions against Iran's oil industry, as well as the banking system, ship construction and trade branches. President Donald Trump stated that the goal of the restrictions was to make Iran give up the attempts to develop the nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, and say yes to the new nuclear agreement. 

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