Performing U.S. Protection Secretary Patrick Shanahan introduced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 extra troops to the Center East for what he stated had been “defensive functions,” citing considerations a few risk from Iran.
“The current Iranian assaults validate the dependable, credible intelligence we’ve obtained on hostile habits by Iranian forces and their proxy teams that threaten United States personnel and pursuits throughout the area,” Shanahan stated in a press release.
Reuters first reported plans to ship U.S. further troops to the Center East earlier on Monday.
WATCH: Pressure escalating between Iran and U.S.
Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the US have mounted since final Thursday when two oil tankers had been attacked, greater than a yr after President Donald Trump introduced Washington was withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran stated on Monday it could quickly breach limits on how a lot enriched uranium it will possibly stockpile beneath the deal, which a White Home Nationwide Safety Council spokesman stated amounted to “nuclear blackmail.”
WATCH: UAE minister says ‘state sponsor’ behind oil tanker assaults
The 2015 accord, which Iran and the opposite signatories have maintained following Trump’s determination, caps Iran‘s inventory of low-enriched uranium at 300 kg enriched to three.67 %.