[size=30]America seizes Iranian weapons sent to the Houthis[/size]«Pentagon» monitor indicators of «aggression» prepared by Tehran
Thursday, December 8, 2019
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Washington: The Middle East
A US warship seized from a small boat in the northern Arabian Sea on Wednesday a large quantity of parts of Iranian-made guided missiles on its way to the Houthis, the Associated Press reported. This is the first time that the transfer of such sophisticated components to the Yemeni war scene has been revealed.
Meanwhile, a senior Pentagon official said yesterday that there were indications that Iran might act in the future, amid mounting tension between Tehran and Washington. John Rudd, the Pentagon's third-most senior official, told reporters that the United States had concerns about possible Iranian behavior, but did not disclose details of the information on which those concerns were based or of any timetable for hostile action Iran is supposed to prepare for.
Tension has surged in the Gulf since more than one summer attack on oil tankers, including off the UAE coast, and a major attack on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Washington blames Iran for the attacks, but Iran denies this.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated his country's readiness to negotiate with the United States if sanctions were lifted after Tehran withdrew from the nuclear deal. But he said any possible meeting with Washington would be within a multilateral framework, not bilateral.
Rouhani promised, "At this stage, similar negotiations could be held within the framework of meetings between Tehran and the P5 + 1" - the six countries that signed the nuclear deal with Iran in Vienna in 2015. They are China, the United States, France, Britain, Russia and Germany. "If they are ready to lift sanctions, we are ready to talk and negotiate even at the level of state leaders," he said in a speech broadcast on state television.
Rouhani made similar positions in September before taking part in the UN General Assembly in New York. Failure to hold a meeting between him and his US counterpart Donald Trump was arranged by France.