Iran can sink U.S. warships sent to the Gulf region using missiles and "secret weapons", a senior Iranian military official was quoted as saying by the semi-official news agency Mizan on Saturday.
The United Stateson Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East,describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused thecountry's Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month's tankerattacks.
"America issending two warships to the region. If they commit the slightest stupidity, wewill send these ships to the bottom of the sea along with their crew and planesusing two missiles or two new secret weapons," General Morteza Qorbani, anadviser to Iran's military command, told Mizan.
The U.S. actions were the latest by the Trump administration as it highlights what it sees as a threat of potential attack by Iran, and follows decisions to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group as well as send bombers and additional Patriot missiles to the Middle East.
Western experts sayIran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, although there are concernsabout its missile programme and particularly its long-range ballisticmissiles.