FAST FIVE: Pompeo To Present Military "Options" To Trump As Iran Threatens Carriers With "Precision" Ballistic Missiles

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These missiles are domestically produced and are difficult to intercept and hit with other missiles,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami said in a televised speech, per Reuters.

A 2017 Iranian military drill involving missile test on a carrier mock-up in the Persian Gulf.

He also asserted that Iran's ballistic missile technology had tipped the balance of power in the Middle East in Tehran's favor, even with an increasing build-up of American forces in the region, including the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group deployed last month.  As we previously analyzed, it appears Tehran is now waging its own “maximum counter-pressure” campaign against the White House, given its been largely blocked from exporting its vital two million barrels per day, and the US economic blockade sending its economy into a tailspin.

Pompeo added that the present had sent Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a message to take to Iran's leaders, without disclosing details of the precise nature of that message.

But likely Trump again tried to extend a hand to restart direct negotiations – something which it appears Tehran is unwilling to do again after the US unilaterally pulled out of the JCPOA. .

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