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Fist-Fight Ready: Iran Defiant as US Navy Deploys 2nd Aircraft Carrier to the Persian Gulf

“DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.

The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia’s coast and in the Gulf of Aden, she said.

The warships also patrol the Gulf’s strategic oil routes that Iran has threatened to shut down in retaliation for economic sanctions slapped on the Islamic Republic because of its nuclear program, which the West suspects aims to develop nuclear weapons.” Read more.

Ahmadinejad: Iran Can Withstand Oil Embargo ‘For Years’ – “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran has enough funds to withstand a total embargo on its oil sales for several years, Iranian media reported on Tuesday. ‘[Western powers] want to impose sanctions on our oil and we must say to them that we have that much saved that even if we didn’t sell oil for two to three years, the country would manage easily,’ Ahmadinejad said during a visit to Hormuzgan province. On Monday, the U.S. said that time is not infinite for nuclear talks between Iran and the West – five days before a planned round of talks was set to begin.” Read more.

Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Punch the West in the Mouth – “… Ahmadinejad also accused Western countries of being solely interested in plunder, Fars reported. ‘Whoever wishes to abuse Iran’s rights, the young … will punch them in the mouth to the extent that they won’t be able to find their way home,’ he said. The United States and its allies hope sanctions on Iran’s energy and financial sectors will force Tehran to abandon what they believe to be a push for nuclear weapons… Iran insists its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes. However, in early March, the head of the IAEA said there were indications that Iran was engaged in the development of nuclear weapons.” Read more.

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