Keyvan Khosravi, a spokesman for Iran's National Security Council, said on Tuesday that previous statements by US officials concerning the deployment of the Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East is "an unskillful use of a worn-out event to wage a psychological war against Iran".
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The move by the US military comes amid a new deterioration in relations between the two countries. Earlier in April, the US officially designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a part of the Iranian Armed Forces, as a terrorist organisation. In response, Tehran blacklisted the entire US military as terrorists as well.