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Iran warns missiles can hit US ships in the Gulf

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards issued the warning on Friday as tensions continue to rise. [Getty]

Date of publication: 17 May, 2019

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Iranian missiles can reach US warships in the Gulf, the deputy head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said on Friday, as tensions continue to rise between Washington and Tehran.

Iranian missiles can reach US warships in the Gulf, the deputy head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said on Friday, as tensions continue to rise between Washington and Tehran.

Earlier in May, Trump's hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and a B-52 bomber force to the Gulf.

Days later, the Pentagon added a Patriot missile defence battery and an amphibious assault ship to the deployment

Iran had not made any direct public threats to spark the US deployment, but Washington says it acted on intelligence reports of Iranian actions. 

"Even our short-range missiles can easily reach (US) warships in the Persian Gulf," Mohammad Saleh Jokar, the Revolutionary Guard's deputy for parliamentary affairs, said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

"America cannot afford the costs of a new war, and the country is in a bad situation in terms of manpower and social conditions," he added.

Iran has accused the United States of "psychological warfare" over the build-up of military forces, with foreign minister Javad Zarif saying there is "no possibility" of negotiations with the United States to reduce spiralling tensions.

Amid escalating tensions in the region, Zarif has called on the international community to save the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

Iran signed the deal with China, Russia, Germany, Britain, France and the United States. International sanctions were eased in return for curbs on Tehran's nuclear programme.

But last year President Donald Trump walked away from the accord. The US has since then slapped sweeping sanctions on Iran. 

Agencies contributed to this report.

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