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Rubio calls on Biden to 'forcefully' confront Iran over movement of war ships

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Saturday slammed President Biden's response to Iran sending warships into the Atlantic Ocean, suggesting the president needs to "forcefully" confront the issue.

Rubio shared his comments in a tweet containing photos of the Iranian ships and condemned Biden for his "desperation."

"#Iran's largest military vessel & most modern missile destroyer are days away from delivering missiles & attack boats to the #MaduroRegime & conducting exercises off our coast," Rubio wrote.

"Biden shouldn't allow desperation to salvage the Iran deal to keep him from confronting this forcefully," the Florida senator continued.

On Thursday, Iran announced that it was sending two warships into the Atlantic Ocean. The country did not disclose where the warships were headed.

There have been reports and speculation that the ships could be headed towards Venezuela and might even be transporting weapons to the country. Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told Iranian journalists that the move was a demonstration of the country's power.

The Biden administration this week called on Venezuela to turn away the ships if they are in fact headed towards Venezuela. Officials have also reached out to Venezuela's neighboring countries to ensure that the ships do not dock.

Both ships have reportedly already completed more than half of their journey, traveling over 1,000 miles northwest of Cape Town, South Africa.

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