The strike is believed to have been the first employing, not the ballistic missiles long used by the Houthi rebels, but the Iranian-built Soumar cruise missile. "The Iranians should understand very clearly that we will continue to take actions that deter Iran from engaging in this. kind of behaviour".
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have escalated since Trump in 2018 withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal that the Obama administration and a number of global powers signed in 2015. "They are very cautious", Eldad Shavit, senior researcher at the Israeli Institute of National Security Studies, told Breaking Defense. While Washington has pulled out of the deal, the other signatories have not.
In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorised approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East.
Pompeo on Sunday said, "we don't want war", but he also said the USA would guarantee freedom of navigation on the Strait of Hormuz, a major thoroughfare for the global oil trade. "That's the goal", he said when asked about the possibility of Trump sending more American troops and military hardware to the region.
On Thursday morning, two commercial oil tankers were hit in the Gulf of Oman, prompting the evacuation and rescue of dozens of crew members. We have made tremendous progress in the last two and a half years in energy.
U.S. Central Command confirmed that a MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down over Yemen at an altitude that suggested Iranian involvement. But he also downplayed Iran's aggression, arguing that the country has adopted a less hostile posture towards the United States since he became president.
Earlier Monday, the USA called Iran's plan to surpass an internationally agreed limit on its stock of low-enriched uranium "nuclear blackmail". "And I don't expect to". The move is part of a larger deployment to deter what the Trump Administration calls "malign behavior" by Iran meant to damage the United States and its allies. The U.S. has accelerated the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier battle group to the region, sent four nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Qatar and bolstered its defenses in the region by deploying more Patriot air defense systems.
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According to Washington, this imagery somehow proves that Tehran was behind the attack.
The Pentagon has released new photographs that it says offer more proof that Iran attacked two foreign oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week.
That increased pressure preceded a string of attacks that the U.S. has blamed on Iran. The incident took place near the Strait of Hormuz, a key strategic water route through which about 20 percent of all oil traded worldwide passes.
If true, it would represent the latest in a series of attacks by the Houthis inside Saudi Arabia in recent days.
Regardless of the cause, the incident has added to sky-high tensions between the United States and Iran, and in the Gulf region. "We have briefed the president a couple of times".
Wang also said that the Iran nuclear deal was the only feasible way to resolve its nuclear issue, and he urged Iran to be prudent.
"I will concede that there are countries that wish this would just go away", Pompeo said. "I can't say that at all".