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Pentagon ‘not concerned’ by Iranian naval plans in Atlantic
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TEHRAN – The Pentagon said on Monday it was unconcerned by an Iranian announcement that it would send naval vessels toward U.S. maritime borders, noting that lots of countries operated in international waters in the Atlantic, Reuters reported.

An Iranian naval officer was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying on Saturday that the vessels were “approaching the United States’ maritime borders.”

The Pentagon has no information the ships are approaching the Atlantic yet, spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said, adding that “to our knowledge, this is an announcement only at this point.”

“We are not concerned about their announcement to send ships into the Atlantic. As I said earlier, freedom of the seas applies to every nation,” Warren said.

Fars said the plan was part of “Iran’s response to Washington’s beefed up naval presence in the Persian Gulf.”

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