Washington said it will stop waivers for countries buying Iranian oil, in an attempt to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero. [Raheb Homavandi/Reuters]

The United States is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to send a clear message to Iran that any attack on US interests or its allies will be met with “unrelenting force”.

Amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran, US national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the US Central Command region was a response “to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings”.

“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully

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