Iran: Presence of US carrier in Gulf ‘insignificant’

Iran on Monday reportedly dismissed the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf, calling it "insignificant." 

“The presence of this warship is insignificant to us,” Iranian Navy commander Habibollah Sayyari said, according to Reuters, which cited the ISNA news agency.

“We will not allow this warship to come near our territorial waters in the Persian Gulf,” Sayyari added.

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The aircraft carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, entered the Gulf on Friday, Reuters reported.

Sayyari also said that Iran is prepared for any potential threats that the U.S. could bring.

“They do not have the courage or ability to take any measures against us. We have enough capabilities to stand against their actions and we have fully rehearsed for that," he said, according to the news service. 

The U.S. and Iran have traded threats of potential military action since Trump withdrew from an agreement that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on Tehran's nuclear program.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the U.S. in July that war with Iran "is the mother of all wars."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE then responded with an all-caps tweet, warning Iran not to threaten the U.S.

“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”