4/1/2021–|Last updated: 4/1/202108:45 AM (Makkah)
Acting US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said that the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier would remain in its position in the US Central Command’s operations in the Middle East, against the backdrop of what Washington considered Iranian threats against it.
Miller added that he has ordered a halt to the aircraft carrier’s routine redeployment due to Iranian threats against President Donald Trump and other government officials, saying that no one should question the resolve of the United States.
Last week, CNN quoted Pentagon officials as saying that the Acting Defense Minister decided to withdraw the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier outside the Gulf to reduce tension with Iran, noting that there are divisions within the Pentagon regarding the current threat level from Tehran.
Hand on trigger
The Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said that Israel’s hand is on the trigger because Iran is targeting it with its accusations and looking for excuses to strike it, as he put it.
He added that Iran is living under tremendous economic and security pressure, and this is a good thing, as he put it.
He indicated that the Israeli army is ready to confront any Iranian attack that pro-Iranian militias might carry out.
The Minister of Energy called for the entire Iranian nuclear project to be dismantled, not frozen, in any future agreement.
Israeli security sources said that the political leadership has recently approved military and security operations, which the army carried out at various levels.
The political sources added to the Israeli website WALLA that Iran is still planning a retaliatory attack for the death of its nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, despite the high-level military coordination between Israel and the United States in the Middle East.
These sources added that the security services, with their various branches, continue to be alert and vigilant, in anticipation of any Iranian attack on Israeli targets.
In a related development, Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, said that the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani did not make America safer.
He added – during an interview with “CNN” – that Iran today is closer to possessing a nuclear weapon than it was a year ago.
Sullivan also stressed that Iran’s ballistic missile program should be part of the negotiations on a nuclear agreement with Tehran, adding that the Biden administration believes that it is possible to conduct negotiations on the Iranian nuclear file with the participation of regional players on the agreement.