The United States claims to be working on a military coalition to protect merchant shipping off the Iranian and Yemen shores in the midst of increasing tensions in the region after attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.
Under the proposed plan, a The Coalition of Nations will protect strategic waters in the Persian Gulf and the Sea region between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, said US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Tuesday.
"We are now engaging with a number of countries to see if we can form a coalition that will guarantee maritime freedom both in the Strait of Hormuz and in the Bab al-Mandab," said General Marine Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Dunford said The Pentagon has developed a concrete plan, and believes that in a few weeks it will be clear which nations are ready to join the effort.
The administration of US President Donald Trump has blamed Tehran and its agents or several attacks on tankers in the Gulf in recent months.
One-fifth of world oil exports go through the area.
John Hendren of Al Jazeera, reporting from Washington DC, said Trump has said "the US" should not pay that if it was an international military force. "
" But the move holds the potential for conflict with Iran. After all, it was only a few weeks since the US attacked Iran almost militarily, "he said. [1
The launch of a US surveillance drone by Tehran almost brought the two enemies to the brink of war it retaliated from authorized military strikes against Iran, but withdrew from its launch.
Washington imposed new sanctions on Iranian heads of state, including Iranian head-chief Ali Khamenei, as part of the drone launch.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran grew since last year when Trump unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, which limited Tehran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.
The crisis has increased in recent days as Washington and Tehran have led a dispute over Iran's decision to exercise the uranium enrichment limit set in the 2015 Agreement
Tehran has asked other parties to the nuclear agreement – France, Britain, China, Russia, the European Union and Germany – to find out They must export their oil – an important source of revenue for the flagging economy – through new sanctions smothered or they will expand their nuclear program.
Trump has stated that he will not allow Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons with his help Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 157 & lang = en to bomb Iran.
"We want to deny this regime the revenue it needs for the export revolution to pursue an expansive foreign policy that drives much of the sectarian violence we experience in the US Middle East", Brian Hook, the US Special Representative for Iran, told Al Jazeera.
"US position not weakened"
Al Jazeera's Hendren said that the US position has not diminished while Iran has announced that he violated the nuclear enrichment values agreed in the Nuclear Agreement.
"So the stalemate is getting worse and the potential for conflict is only increasing," he said.
Mark Esper, the acting defense minister, last spoke to the issue on Monday with Allied officials at NATO Headquarters, but no nations were willing to sign up to participate. Esper said at the time that the plans needed further refinement.
Dunford said he had discussed the matter with Esper and Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, and the plans would come together.
"Let's start," Dunford told a small group of reporters in Fort Myer, Virginia. "We have a pretty clear concept of what we want to do."
He suggested that the project could start with a small coalition.
"This will be scalable, so with a small number of contributors, we will be able to get an English: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art…1007 & lang = en When the number of participating nations changes we're expanding that, "he said.
Iran has denied that this is due to recent attacks on merchant ships in the Gulf.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard issued a new threat to US bases and regional aircraft carriers – they would be destroyed if they made a mistake.