Trump denies that there are plans to send more troops to the Middle East now.
The tension between Iran and the United States increases with the passing of days. The dispatch of a new warship by Washington last Friday was added this week the dimes and diretes about a possible military deployment enough to turn on the alarms. On Monday night The New York Times published that the Pentagon had already discussed a plan that contemplated the sending of up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran carried out an attack or accelerated its development of nuclear weapons, which would reverse the trend of retreat in the area of recent years. Donald Trump denied it on Tuesday, although not with the intention of reducing the tension. “I think it’s a lie, okay? Now, what if he would? Of course, but we have not planned it. And, if we did, we would send many more troops than those, “the president told reporters at the White House.
The article spoke of a meeting held last week to update the military plan on Iran at the request of National Security Adviser John Bolton, without being clear whether Trump had already been informed of it. 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 these days in the United States.
Tehran, on the other hand, plays with matches. Last month, it threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, an essential channel in the global oil trade, if the United States applied more sanctions to its oil (Washington lifted exemptions). At the beginning of May, he also announced that he planned to reduce his commitments with respect to the fulfillment of the nuclear pact reached in 2015 with six powers to freeze his atomic program in exchange for the restraint of sanctions.
Although the United States, promoter of that understanding, abandoned it with the arrival of Trump to power, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China remained in the pact. The president, Hasan Rohani, specified that the limits to the reserves of enriched uranium and heavy water would be ignored while it gave a term of 60 days to the mentioned countries so that they looked for a formula through which Iran could continue with the sale of petroleum and making banking transactions. The European Union rejected the ultimatum, but the instability opens cracks between the allies. Spain has already decided to withdraw the frigate Méndez Núñez from the US combat group in the Persian Gulf.