Irans military sharpened its tone toward the United States on Tuesday with a blunt warning that an American aircraft carrier that left the Persian Gulf through the strategic Strait of Hormuz last week should not return.
We recommend to the American warship that passed through the Strait of Hormuz and went to Gulf of Oman not to return to the Persian Gulf, said Maj. Gen. Ataollah Salehi, the commander in chief of the army, as reported by Irans official news agency, IRNA. The Islamic Republic of Iran will not repeat its warning.
A spokesman for the Defense Department, Cmdr. Bill Speaks, declined to discuss future movements of the carrier, the John C. Stennis. He said that the deployment of U.S. military assets in the Persian Gulf region will continue as it has for decades.
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