The Indian Ocean is marked by strong tensions between the countries that are standing guard with their warships, controlling that no one, especially the Chinese Communist Party, makes a wrong move. Among them is the Nimitz, a huge US Navy aircraft carrier that was 100 miles from being hit by a long-range missile fired by Iranian forces. Had it made any real impact, it could have been catastrophic for world peace.
Long-range missiles fired by Iran fell near the aircraft carrier Nimitz, and only 20 miles from a commercial ship in the Indian Ocean, according to Fox News, becoming the latest action to increase the growing tension in the conflict zone.
While 100 miles is not visible from the aircraft carrier or its escort ships, U.S. observation satellites orbiting high in space tracked the missile launch from the Islamic Republic.
The impact 100 miles from the U.S. carrier is not close enough to impose sanctions or justify retaliation, but it is at the limit of being considered a high-risk or threatening distance.
The controversy is growing, especially since it is Iran that launched the missiles, a country with which the United States has considerably increased its tension levels, to the point that recently Iranian authorities threatened to assassinate President Donald Trump.
The Iranian regime admitted to firing missiles on Saturday, according to local media that reported, “The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force blasted targets in the northern parts of the Indian Ocean with long-range ballistic missiles in a military exercise underway in Iran’s inland deserts.”
Long-range ballistic missiles fired Saturday morning reportedly flew more than 1,000 miles into the northern part of the Indian Ocean.
The Iranian missile launch on Saturday comes days after the first anniversary of Iran’s ballistic missile launch against a base in Iraq that housed U.S. troops. On that occasion, there were no deaths, but more than 100 American soldiers suffered head injuries.
After the attack on the base in Iraq, U.S. forces killed Iran’s most powerful general, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad as he was leaving the airport, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, leader of Iran’s power forces inside Iraq.
Parallel to the recent missile attack, Iran has begun work on uranium-metal-based fuel for a research reactor, the U.N. nuclear watchdog announced Wednesday and quickly confirmed by Tehran. The news implies the last break of the nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the six main powers.
Moreover, at the beginning of the month it was revealed that Iran had begun to enrich uranium up to 20%, provoking a strong tension both with the United States and with the countries of the region that had declared themselves on alert, taking into account that the mentioned percentage exceeds that permitted and is close to that necessary for the production of weapons.
President Trump has insisted for years that Iran is not being transparent in its actions and is not complying with its international commitments. In fact, it is for this reason that the president decided to withdraw the United States from the nuclear agreement.
Iran’s latest actions end up proving President Trump right and jeopardize its already tense relationship with the United States and the countries of the region.