The US aircraft carrier Nimitz will remain in the Persian Gulf due to “recent threats” from Iran, the Pentagon said.
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said he ordered Nimitz to “end routine redeployments” in response to threats he said were “made by Iranian leaders against President Donald Trump and other US government officials.”
A day earlier, the New York Times reported that Nimitz, which has been patrolling the waters of the Persian Gulf since late November, is returning home.
US officials cited by the New York Times said the move was part of a “de-escalation” signal to Tehran to avoid conflict in the final days of Trump’s presidency.
However, Miller made it clear that the ship would remain in the Persian Gulf.
“Nimitz will remain in its positions in the Central Command area of operations. No one should question the resolve of the United States of America, ”he said.