Tension looks on the hike between the United States and Iran.
In the latest development, US is dispatching a Patriot missile-defence system, which can counter ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft to the Middle East.
Besides, USS Arlington, a warship, with amphibious vehicles and aircraft on board, will also join the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group in the Gulf.
BBC reports that officials told US media the USS Arlington deployment was brought forward to provide enhanced command and control capabilities, although it had already been scheduled to go to the region.
The USS Abraham Lincoln passed through the Suez Canal on Thursday, US Central Command said.
According to Pentagon, US B-52 bombers are already at a base in Qatar.
Washington said possible threat to its forces in the region by Iran informed the coordinated actions, however US gave no specifics.
BBC reports that the latest Pentagon statement on Friday said only that Washington was “ready to defend US forces and interests in the region”, adding that the US did not seek conflict with Iran.
The United States currently has about 5,200 troops in neighbouring Iraq.
In response, Tehran, which faulted America’s claim, said the US action amounted to the use of “psychological warfare” to intimidate it.
A senior Iranian cleric, Yousef Tabatabai-Nejad, as quoted by Iran’s semi-official Isna news agency, said that the US military fleet could be “destroyed with one missile”.
Meanwhile, Iran, which had announced suspension of two commitments under the 2015 nuclear accord in response the economic sanctions re-imposed by US, has also muted that it may resume uranium enrichment nuclear activities, if it was not shielded from the sanctions’ effects within 60 days
Meanwhile, Europe powerhouse, notably Germany, France and the United Kingdom, has reiterated the block’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, but are averse to any ultimatum.
The 2015 landmark nuclear deal agreed upon by the US, European powers, China and Russia along with Iran, collapsed when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from it last year.
The deal provides that Iran limits its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for sanctions relief.
Culled from BBC