United States sends missile system to Middle East

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US intelligence indicated that Iran considered military action and could close a waterway through which a hefty amount of the world's oil passes. The Patriot missile defense system is made by Raytheon Co. and is created to intercept incoming missiles.

Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the United States Naval Forces Central Command, told Reuters he would bring the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln through the Gulf's sensitive Strait of Hormuz if need be.

The move follows sales worth $6 billion of the mobile surface-to-air missile system to both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain earlier this week. It was not clear if the battery would go back to one of those countries. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss preparation deliberations.

A senior military official told ABC News that the Arlington already was slated to be in the region but its movement was expedited for enhanced command and control capabilities.

The heated rhetoric has capped a multiyear standoff over the rogue nation's nuclear program.

It also threatened to step up uranium enrichment if it was not shielded from the sanctions' effects within 60 days.

In response, Tehran announced Wednesday that it plans to suspend some of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani saying that the collapse of the deal would be risky for the country and the whole world.

The Trump administration also declared Iran's Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist group.

Democrats used Iran's statement as an opportunity to criticize Trump.

Also, Iran announced plans to withdraw from parts of the 2015 nuclear deal this week, one year after the US left the agreement.

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Amid the rising tensions, Trump said Thursday he is open to talks with Tehran's leadership.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed such accusations.

"Try the speech of respect", he urged himpretending to address the president right.

At the same time, Pompeo argued that despite the greater military presence the USA has in the Middle East, Washington isn't looking for a fight.

President Donald Trump has been increasing pressure on Iran's leaders, especially since he quit the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and gradually reimposed sanctions on the country in an effort to force the Islamic regime to change a plethora of activities the administration finds unacceptable.

According to a CNN report citing intelligence, Iran is likely moving short-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles aboard boats in the Persian Gulf.

After reaching a summit in 2017 deprived of its oil earnings, Iran reduce its military spending by 28%, Hook explained.

"We have information that you don't want to know about", Trump said. "That policy is functioning". But he confirmed that some of the USA concerns centered on Iranian missiles.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln transits the Atlantic Ocean during a strait transit exercise on January 30, 2019. He explained the U.S."sent some messages" into Tehran, but didn't provide any particulars.

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