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