Iran says US Navy ship a fake
A US Aircraft carrier spotted just off the coast of Iran is just a replica being used as a movie set, Iranian media have said.
Reports from the New York Times, quoting US intelligence, said last week that the Iranians were building a mock-up of a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, possibly so they could then blow it up for propaganda purposes.
Satellite photos showed what looked like one of the US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, complete with planes, rising from Iran’s Gachin shipyard, near the port of Bandar Abbas.
Iranian newspapers said it was “part of the decor” of a movie being made by Iranian director Nader Talebzadeh on the 1988 shooting down of an Iran Air civilian plane by the USS Vincennes.
The United States claims the downing of the plane, which killed all 290 passengers and crew, was an accident.
Iran’s Alef new website, which carries views close to the official line from Tehran, says the issue has turned into a good excuse for another wave of hype against Iran.
“Without any proof or real basis, Western media have jumped again to paint a more negative picture of Iran.”