The United States and several Gulf countries regularly denounce Iran’s actions in this sea area.
The United States is beefing up defense systems in the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, a US official said on Sunday (November 20), saying such cooperation would likely have prevented an Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia.
Brett McGurk, the Middle East coordinator of the National Security Council, underlined his country’s commitment to counter “imminent threatsin the energy-rich region at an annual security conference in Manama, Bahrain. “The United States is building an integrated sea and air defense architecture in this regionBrett McGurk said. What has been talked about for some time is now happening, thanks to innovative partnerships and new technologies.»
Hundreds of American drones in the Gulf Sea
As part of Saturday’s conference, the head of the US Central Command for the Middle East (Centcom), General Michael Kurilla, announced the deployment of more than 100 drones in Gulf waters within the next year, by a led task force from the United States . These announcements come after last week’s attack in the Arabian Sea on an oil tanker owned by an Israeli billionaire, blamed on Iran by Israel and the United States.
The United States and several Gulf countries regularly denounce Tehran’s actions in this particularly strategic maritime zone, an almost exclusive sea route to connect the oil-producing Gulf countries to world markets. American forces haveexposed and deterred by imminent threatsfrom Iran, Brett McGurk said, after reports that the Islamic Republic was planning an attack on its regional rival, the Saudi kingdom. “This attack probably did not take place due to the close security cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States, which is permanent and ongoing.»
In recent months, the Jewish state has tried to convince Westerners to close the door on negotiations with Tehran, aimed at relaunching the historic 2015 agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. The talks, which are taking place in Vienna, have stalled.
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