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Message to Iran: The submarine and naval force the U.S. set to the Persian Gulf

January 16, 2021
  • A nuclear-powered submarine with hundreds of precision, long-range cruise missiles, operating from the elite Navy SEAL and Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles. Against the backdrop of threats of Iranian retaliata and the shooting on their behalf to Baghdad, the Americans have sent a clear message in recent days
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The naval force sent to the Gulf | Photo:indra beaufort/U.S Navy

Tensions after the elimination of the father of Iran’s nuclear program, Mohsen Fahrizadeh, threats by Iran to retaliate for the anniversary of the assassination of General Qassem Suleimani and the firing of pro-Iranian militias at the American embassy in Baghdad, have all prompted the U.S. Navy in recent days to make an unusual announcement.

The Navy said in an unconventional statement that a nuclear-powered submarine and dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles had been sent to the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. The Navy’s statement said the submarine was sent out of “a commitment to allies in the region and a willingness to defend against any threat at any time.” They also mentioned a name that she was accompanied by a pair of guided-missile boats.

The submarine sent to deliver the message to the Iranians is the Georgia. A nuclear-powered submarine that is 170 meters long and weighs over 17,000 tons. By comparison, an Israeli dolphin submarine is less than 2,000 tons.

The entrance of the giant submarine with about 150 crew members came 24 hours after the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo,condemned another rocket attack on the international region in Iraq and warned of the consequences.

There is no doubt that this is a forceful threat by the Americans to the Iranians. The Georgia can carry up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles each carrying a warhead weighing about half a ton to a range ranging from 1,300 to 1,700 kilometers, depending on the model’s underspecies.

It’s an accurate missile that’s very difficult to intercept capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Another important point to note, this submarine can carry 66 operators from the elite Navy SEAL unit for both covert and noisy missions.

The American submarine didn’t go in alone. Along with her, a pair of “Ticonderoga” missile ships also entered. Vessels threaten when each such ship has 120 Mk 41 missile launch compartments. From each one you can launch Tomahawk, Harpoon and more missiles like them there are dozens on board. As it seems the message aimed at the Iranians is sharp and clear.

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U.S. battleship launches Tomahawk missile | Photo: U.S. Army

Iran Expects Biden’s ‘Unconditional Return’ to Obama Nuclear Deal

January 16, 2021


President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran nuclear deal is reached. After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, diplomats Tuesday declared that world powers and Iran had …
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Iran expects the next U.S. administration under President-elect Joe Biden to unconditionally return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal as originally negotiated by President Barack Obama, Iran’s Ambassador to the U.N. said Friday.

Majid Takht Ravanchi revealed a confident Iran has already received positive signals from the inbound Biden administration.

“We have heard from the Biden team a number of positive remarks regarding the JCPOA and the return of the United States to its obligations based on it,” Iran’s U.N. envoy told the semi-official IRNA news service.

He further said “it’s too early to judge exactly what the next dwellers of the White House will do,” but added Tehran “is not in a rush” and Biden will be given time to align his policies with those of Iran.

As Breitbart News reported, U.S. President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise back in May, 2018, when he announced his decision to withdraw from the flawed Iran deal.

“This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said at the time. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”

Trump’s decision signaled a major blow to the Obama administration’s 2015 signature foreign diplomatic agreement which eased sanctions in return for cuts to Iran’s nuclear program.

The president also denounced the Obama administration for sending billions of dollars to a “regime of great terror” including vast sums of cash, pointing out that money went to further sponsoring terrorism and violence in the Middle East.

As a sign of its confidence in a compliant Biden administration, Iran announced its plans to enrich uranium to 20 percent at its underground Fordo site earlier this month, a move Israel has warned proves the Islamic Republic is seeking nuclear weapons.

Friday’s announcement by Tehran is not the first time it has tried to reheat the JCPOA agreement.

It announced in September, 2019, it would honor the nuclear deal if it could sell its oil on the open market or get “$15 billion over four months,” as Breitbart News reported.

Trump firmly rejected the proposal.