Iran has said its armed forces had observed the US carrier entering the Mediterranean Sea 21 days ago.
Spokesman for Iran’s supreme national Security Council Keyvan Khosravi termed the deployment as “psychological warfare”.
But a Pentagon official said that going through the Suez Canal, the carrier will take several days to reach the Middle East.
US acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said that the carrier was deployed over a credible threat by Iranian regime forces.
Shanahan, in a tweet, said the US will hold the Iranian regime accountable for any attack on US forces or its interests.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also claimed that US received hints of a possible escalation from Iran.