U.S. military moves carriers, denies Iran link

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said Wednesday that the new aircraft carrier strike group arrived in the Arabian Sea and the other is of the form in this region, but denies link with new tensions in Iran and describes the usual movement.

Changes to the U.S. naval assets coming on strong as the tension increases with Iran, which has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz - the world's major oil shipping route - if the U.S. and EU sanctions over its nuclear program to cut its oil exports.

U. S. The Army has said that stopping the blockade every strategic Strait and U. of S. Navy officials acknowledged Tuesday that preparations for a possible conflict with something that "makes me awake at night. "

However, the Pentagon denied any direct connection between the recent tension and movement of aircraft carriers.

"I do not want to leave anyone with the impression that we somehow (spelling) there are two companies because we care about what happened, you know, today in Iran. It is simply not the case, "said Capt. John Kirby, spokesman for the Pentagon.

Military officials said the USS Carl Vinson arrived in the Arabian Sea on Monday to replace the USS John C. out Stennis carrier strike group, which last week warned Iran not to return after leaving the Gulf in late December.

Stennis is due to return to home port in San Diego, but the Pentagon did not say when it happened.

The strike carrier group, led by aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, has completed a port visit to Thailand on Tuesday and is now in the Indian Ocean. It is on track to join the Vinson in the Central Command area of ​​operations, from the Arabian Sea near.

"It's not unusual to have two CENTCOM theater company at the same time," said a second U.S. military official.

Another official said there are two operators in the Gulf region at least twice in the last 18 months.

Tensions between Iran and the U.S. again last week ratchet. Iran has started enriching uranium at secret plants the U.S. and sentenced to death for espionage. Washington and Europe have stepped up efforts to halt oil exports from Iran, and Tehran on Wednesday blamed American officials and Israel for the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist.

Israel refused to comment on the assassination and the United States has denied the U.S. role and condemned the attack, which was detonated by scientists in a car bomb on a motorcycle assassin for hire.

Iran has warned that Stennis had entered the Gulf and it's clear that when other U.S. companies enter the Gulf waters. The Pentagon has suggested that, sooner or later, the company will pass through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf.

"We regularly run our boat - all of our ships, our ships of all types - in the Persian Gulf and on," said Kirby.

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