US refutes Iranian claim, says missiles put on small boats were for covert attacks

June 7, 2019

ABC News – Following claims by Iran about why it deployed missiles in early May that led the U.S. to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region, a U.S. defense official has provided ABC News with new details about the intelligence that drove the Trump administration’s strong response.

U.S. intelligence assessed that, despite Iran’s contention the move was made for defensive purposes, there was no plausible reason to load the cruise missiles onto small civilian boats except to have them ready for offensive purposes, a U.S. defense official said Thursday.

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