One Threat to US Aircraft Carriers Iran Did Not Show Off
A truck carries Shalamcheh missiles in Tehran during an annual military parade on Sept. 22 commemorating Iran's war with Iraq. A high-ranking naval officer commented during the proceedings that Iranian forces could destroy U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf, including aircraft carriers. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
September 30, 2013
| Middle East and North Africa
Over the past week, Iran has been conducting military parades across the nation showing off the full range of its military hardware, including an unprecedented 30 of its most sophisticated mobile ballistic missiles. Iran’s new president, while observing the missile parade through the streets of Tehran, commented that Iran has never started a war, but a Revolutionary Guards admiral told reporters that Iran is capable of destroying U.S. ships operating in the Persian Gulf, including aircraft carriers. Iran is doing everything it can to deter the United States and Israel from attacking its nuclear program, including offering the prospect of peaceful resolution through negotiations, as Tehran nears the estimated “red line” for developing nuclear weapons. The U.S. interest is to be prepared for the possibility that Iran can deliver on its threat to destroy U.S. aircraft carriers operating in the Persian Gulf — perhaps even with nuclear weapons already in Tehran’s possession.
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