More troops to head to Mideast as Iran tensions rise

The Trump administration is increasing the U.S. military presence in the Middle East after Iran threatened to violate the nuclear agreement.
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Tensions are still high between the US any Ron after the attack on two oil tankers in the Middle East. And today the president of Iran says the country will not wage war on any nation. Those comments could be in response to the trump administration ordering 1000. Extra US troops. Headed to the region I want to bring in. Louis Martinez at the Pentagon. With more. Lilley thanks for joining us I just one askew. It's a small number of troops but what message is trump in the administration trying to send. Kelly what the administration is trying to do here is kind of group provided proportional response. On to what they see as he attacks in Iraq Iran conducted on these oil tankers last week. What they're trying to do is get at defensive forces in place. I'll forces that can provide more intelligence gathering drones. And Force Protection for troops in the Middle East that are already there. I'm so this is a message to the it to a Ron. That the United States is accusing them being behind. These attacks but at the same time the telling them that we will prove provide additional resource thing if needed. To continue to deter you from prison doing any further attacks. In the future. So it say. It's a shot to Iran to kind of say and tell them that we are here. And we know what you're doing and we are going to continue on to try to prevent you from doing further terror attacks if they occur. Yen so we know that you know presidents from he would drew from the Iran nuclear deal and he said in the past that he would make. The world a safer place but Iran could be close. To enriching enough it right uranium for weapons now right. That's right well we're talking about here is that the the Iran nuclear deal that the administration and back down about more than a year ago. The United States and other other world powers participated in that agreement. But that it backed out of a year ago and saying that Iran and that there should be a better deal so that Iran can not get nuclear weapons. But what ended up happening is that Iran has community sanctions have continued against Iran and they have proved created a scenario inside that country. Where it appears daily system you officials and us officials are talking to. And they feel that Iran is so desperate. They're feeling so desperate. That they are trying to get the world's attention to try to divert attention from. And these sanctions to the try to get them ease so what sending up happening is that. We're now seeing this activity on the part the of Iran which US officials again believe is intended to get attention to distract. From the deal but it's a kind of hard to not see a correlation here between the administration is. Focus on pulling out of that deal. And what we're seeing from Iran over the last month or so. All right Lou in nineteen is at the Pentagon thank you so much for being with us today.

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