Reference News Network reported on December 6 that the US aircraft carrier battle group is about to arrive in the Middle East and is accused of deterring Iran. The tension between the two countries has further intensified.
According to the Wall Street Journal reported on the 3rd, US Defense Department officials revealed that Washington will send aircraft carrier battle groups to the Persian Gulf to shock Iran. The report pointed out that the US Stanislav aircraft carrier and support ship are currently sailing in the Indian Ocean and will arrive in the Gulf within a few days. This is the first time the United States has deployed aircraft carrier battle groups in the region since the Roosevelt carrier left the Gulf in March this year.
Unexpectedly, some media disclosed that Iran announced on December 1 that its first stealth destroyer was officially put into use in the Persian Gulf. On the 2nd, a medium-range nuclear ballistic missile was launched. This move was severely accused by US Secretary of State Pompeo.In addition, AFP reported on December 4 that Iranian President Hassan Rohani reiterated his contempt for US sanctions and once again threatened to cut off oil transportation from the Gulf to international markets. The Russian satellite news agency's article on the same day analyzed that the Iranian military had threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz after the United States withdrew from the Iranian nuclear agreement. The Stamnis carrier battle group was sent to the Gulf to seek to prevent the situation from moving in this direction.
In just a few days, the United States and Iraq have come and gone, and the number of tricks has continued. The situation in the Middle East has once again sparked. Wang Jin, an associate researcher at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, told the Information Network reporter that the United States has always had the tradition of deploying aircraft carriers in the Middle East. This time, the high-profile dispatch of aircraft carrier battle groups to the Middle East is the intention of deterring Iran.
Wang Jin pointed out that in the face of Iran, a series of acts are more interpreted as a declarative role. Iran has been developing and launching medium-range missiles. By demonstrating its military capabilities, it can not only unite the people, but also show Iran's ability to fight. At the same time, the launch of medium-range missiles can also deter Israel.
The threat to block the Strait of Hormuz is not a new spell in Iran. Agence France-Presse reported that since the 1980s, Iran has repeatedly stated that as a response to international pressure, the Gulf region will be blocked, but it has never let this threat come true.
Wang Jin believes that Iran's remarks about cutting off oil transportation in the Gulf are also intentionally high-profile and will not be easily implemented. If the region is really blocked, it will have a huge impact on the international oil market, including Saudi Arabia, an important ally of the United States. Once it directly threatens the interests of the United States, the United States may also put a heavy burden on Iran. However, at present, the United States and Iraq are far from the point where they will meet each other. Although the Trump administration will continue to maintain its high-pressure sanctions against Iran, it has not put Iran to death.
Wang Jin said that the withdrawal of the United States from the Iranian nuclear agreement and the re-intensification of sanctions will have a certain impact on the Iranian economy, but how the economic impact extends to the political influence depends on how the Iranian authorities respond. The next focus on the Iranian issue is how the parties maintain the Iranian nuclear deal and how to avoid US sanctions and continue to maintain a cooperative relationship with Iran.