However, President Joe Biden responded with a bombshell move that implied the consequences won't be one-sided.
Iran's warning was transmitted this past Saturday via its permanent mission to the United Nations, which put up a post on the social media platform previously known as Twitter.
"If the Israeli apartheid's war crimes [and] genocide are not halted immediately, the situation could spiral out of control [and] ricochet far-reaching consequences - the responsibility of which lies with the UN, the Security Council & the states steering the Council toward a dead end," it declared.
If the Israeli apartheid’s war crimes & genocide are not halted immediately, the situation could spiral out of control & ricochet far-reaching consequences—the responsibility of which lies with the UN, the Security Council & the states steering the Council toward a dead end.
— Permanent Mission of I.R.Iran to UN, NY (@Iran_UN) October 14, 2023
CNN pointed out last week that "Hamas and Iran are longtime allies" and cited Deputy National security adviser Jon Finer as saying that Iran is "broadly complicit" in what happened earlier this month but acknowledged that the United States has no "direct information" linking it to the attack.
The same day that Iran issued its message to Israel, ABC News reported that the USS Eisenhower carrier strike group has been ordered into the eastern Mediterranean.
There it will join the USS Gerald R Ford carrier strike group, which was deployed to the region last week and is currently sitting in international waters off Israel's coast.
LATEST: The USS Eisenhower carrier strike group will move to the eastern Mediterranean to join the USS Ford carrier strike group that arrived there earlier this week, officials tell @ABC News. https://t.co/kN9wO4rF37
— ABC News (@ABC) October 14, 2023
"I have directed the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) to begin moving to the Eastern Mediterranean," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was quoted as saying in a statement.
"As part of our effort to deter hostile actions against Israel or any efforts toward widening this war following Hamas's attack on Israel," he added.
In addition to Hamas, Iran is also allied with the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, a fact which was alluded to in a statement by a senior U.S. defense official.
"These posture increases were intended to serve as an unequivocal demonstration in deed and not only in words of U.S. support for Israel's defense and serve as a deterrent signal to Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah, and any other proxy across the region who might be considering exploiting the current situation to escalate conflict," the official said according to ABC News.
Meanwhile, Fox News reported on Tuesday that Israel accused Hezbollah of firing rockets into Israel from its base in the south of Lebanon.