Pentagon Chief Carter to visit Israel, Saudi over Iran fears

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter will head to Israel and Saudi Arabia this coming week to discuss the Iran nuclear dea

Pentagon Chief Carter to visit Israel, Saudi over Iran fears

World Bulletin / News Desk

 US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will travel to next week to Israel and Saudi Arabia in an apparent bid to assuage fears over Iran's nuclear deal with the West.

Carter, who will also visit Jordan, will be renewing US security commitments in the region, some of which serve as a buffer to Iran’s “destabilizing behavior,” a senior Pentagon official said Friday.

The Times of Israel reports that Netanyahu has also repeatedly threatened to take military action if necessary to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“The deal won’t change radically what we do here at the Defense Department,” the US official insisted, dismissing suggestions of increased US military aid to Israel or Saudi Arabia, or new arms deals with them.

“We are committed to maintaining a strong presence, particularly in the Gulf.”

Carter will alsbe expected to discuss military and weapons procurement.

“But frankly, they are the same conversation we would have if there was no deal that had been signed,” the official said.

Israel had long opposed the emerging terms of the deal with its arch-foe Iran.

“We will be prepared and postured to support the security of our allies, particularly Israel,” the US official said.

Carter will hold meetings in Israel on Monday and Tuesday, before traveling to Saudi Arabia and Jordan, though the details of his schedule have not yet been finalized.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Temmuz 2015, 17:29