US President Donald Trump’s decision to return to Iran’s 2015 nuclear arms deal and withdraw has opened a “period of uncertainty” in the Persian Gulf rich in oil and natural gas, a senior US military leader said on Monday.
Washington anticipates that the “period of uncertainty” will spread across the gulf indefinitely, Admiral John Richardson, the naval operations chief of the service, told Reuters aboard a military plane.
“It is a period of uncertainty in which we are entering, of course, how everyone will respond to this latest development,” Richardson told reporters.
The US Navy UU He has to “stay alert, I mean, even a little more alert than usual, to be open to any kind of response or new development or something like that,” the admiral added.
The main base of the United States Navy in the Middle East is located in the island nation of Bahrain, where the Fifth Fleet is stationed. Washington rented space in the naval port of London from 1950, about 15 years after the British Royal Navy established its base there, the HMS Jufair.
USA UU It assumed full occupation of the base in 1971 after Bahrain achieved independence from Britain. Last month, the British Royal Navy opened a permanent base in Bahrain, the first establishment of a military base abroad by the country in 50 years, the Telegraph reported.
On May 8, the US president announced that the United States would no longer comply with the terms of the multilateral agreement that allowed inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency to observe Iran’s alleged dual-use nuclear infrastructure in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.
The Iran nuclear agreement 2015, signed by Russia, China, France, the USA. UU., The United Kingdom, Germany (“the P5 + 1 countries”) and Iran, worked. According to international inspectors, the Shia majority nation of South Asia has not materially broken its commitments under the agreement, while commercial ties between Iran and Western partners such as France and Germany have flourished.
In March, three years after the signing of the agreement, the IAEA Director, Yukiya Amano, announced that agency inspectors verified that Iran had not violated the agreement.