(TEHRAN) — Within Iran still thumbing its nose at the West over its nuclear program and threatening to blockade oil shipments from the Persian Gulf, the United States is taking steps to build stronger defenses in that region.
The latest involves a deal to deliver missiles to the United Arab Emirites. The deal includes 96 missiles and related technology and is worth almost 3.5 billion dollars. The U.S. is selling those weapons to the U.A.E. as part of a massive build up of defensive systems among Mid-east allies, especially those within striking distance of Iran.
The Pentagon had already announced a 1.7 billion dollar agreement to upgrade Saudi Arabia’s Patriot missiles and the sale of those same kind missiles to Kuwait.
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