WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East as tensions in the Persian Gulf mounted today over Irans announcement it will not comply with the international agreement that keeps it from making nuclear weapons. At the same time, Iran insisted it was not seeking war.
Irans announcement Monday that it could soon start enriching uranium to just a step away from weapons-grade levels challenged President Donald Trumps assurances to allies that the U.S. withdrawal from the deal last year made the world a safer place.
The Pentagon responded by ordering 1,000 more troops to the Middle East, including security forces for additional surveillance and intelligence-gathering. The escalation of American military might was aimed at deterring Iran and calming allies worried about the safety of strategic shipping lanes.