The tension between Iran and the United States increases with each passing day. The sending of a new warship by Washington last Friday was added this week to dimes and diretes on a possible military deployment sufficient to trigger alarms. Monday evening The New York Times He reported that the Pentagon had already discussed a plan that included the dispatch of 120,000 soldiers in the Middle East if Iran had carried out an attack or accelerated its development of nuclear weapons, which would have reversed the tendency to withdraw in the area in recent years. Donald Trump denied Tuesday, though not with the intention of reducing the tension. "I think it's a lie, okay? And if he would do it? Sure, but we didn't plan. And if we did, we'd send more troops than those," the president told reporters at the White House.
The article was about a meeting held last week to update the military plan on Iran at the request of national security adviser John Bolton, without being clear if Trump had already been informed of this. Iran is an old obsession of Bolton, in turn, an old acquaintance of Washington, hawk of the era of George W. Bush during the invasion of Iraq. The echoes of that war resonate in the United States these days.
Tehran, on the other hand, plays with games. Last month, he threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, an essential channel in world oil trade, if the United States applied more sanctions to its oil (Washington revoked the exemptions). At the beginning of May, he also announced that he planned to reduce his commitments in relation to compliance with the 2015 nuclear pact with six powers to freeze his atomic program in exchange for the restriction of sanctions.
Although the United States, promoters of this agreement, abandoned it with the arrival of Trump in power, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China remained in the pact. The president, Hasan Rohani, pointed out that the limits to the reserves of enriched uranium and heavy water would be ignored while he gave a 60-day deadline to the countries cited so that they sought a formula through which Iran could continue with oil sales and banking transactions. The European Union has rejected the ultimatum, but the instability opens cracks among the allies. Spain has already decided to withdraw the frigate Méndez Núñez from the US combat group in the Persian Gulf.
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