The presence of a US destroyer in the Persian Gulf has been described as an “insignificant” show of force to Iran by the United States.
A US aircraft carrier accompanied by a fleet of warships entered the Persian Gulf for the first time since 2001.
Tehran University Professor of political science, Hamed Mousavi, said in an interview published by RT on Tuesday that the presence of the US fleet in the Persian Gulf was considered a provocative move; however, it lacked any real significance.
“I don’t think we are going to see a military confrontation. But bringing the aircraft carrier, a nuclear armed aircraft carrier near Iranian waters is trying to provoke Iran and also threaten Iran,” the faculty member said, adding that, “The significance is, right now at least, more of a threat rather than actual military confrontation.”
The professor said that the presence of the fleet aimed to exert pressure on Iran.