Pentagon: US Navy will remain in Gulf

2012-01-03 22:31

Washington - The Pentagon says US warships will continue to sail in the Gulf despite an Iranian warning to stay away.

Pentagon press secretary George Little issued a written statement on Tuesday saying that the US Navy presence in the Gulf is in compliance with international law.

And he said it is intended to maintain what he called a "constant state of high vigilance" in order to ensure the flow of sea commerce.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iran's army chief warned an American aircraft carrier not to return to the Gulf.

The US Navy has said the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis and another vessel left the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz a week ago.

Iran has been holding naval exercises near the Strait at the mouth of the Gulf.