The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Straits of Hormuz, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (AP / U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate)

US responds to Iranian warning to keep aircraft carriers out of Persian Gulf, but stresses it does not seek confrontation.

The Pentagon on Tuesday answered an Iranian warning to keep US aircraft carriers out of the Persian Gulf by declaring that American warships will continue regularly scheduled deployments to the strategic waterway.

George Little, the Pentagon press secretary, said the Navy operates in the Gulf in accordance with international law and to maintain “a constant state of high vigilance” to ensure the flow of sea commerce.

Meanwhile, the White House said Iran’s threat to take action if a US aircraft carrier moves into the Gulf showed Tehran was increasingly isolated internationally, faced economic problems from to sanctions and wants to divert attention from its deepening problems.

“It reflects the fact that Iran is in a position of weakness,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. Read more…READ MORE