A senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday that there were indications that Iran could potentially carry out aggressive actions in the future, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States.
Tensions in the Gulf have risen since attacks on oil tankers this summer, including off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and a major assault on energy facilities in Saudi Arabia. Washington has blamed Iran, which has denied being behind the attacks.
“We also continue to see indications, and for obvious reasons I wont go into the details, that potential Iranian aggression could occur,” John Rood, the Pentagons No. 3 official, told reporters in Washington.
Rood did not provide details about what information he was basing that on or any timeline.
“Weve sent very clear and blunt signals to the Iranian government about the potential consequences of aggression,” Rood said.
The United States has deployed thousands of additional military forces in the Middle East, including bombers and air defense personnel, to act as a deterrent against what Washington says is provocative Iranian behavior.
Roods comments come as Iran has been facing weeks of sometimes violent protests against gasoline price hikes.
The unrest, which began on Nov. 15 after the government abruptly raised fuel prices by as much as 300 percent, spread to more than 100 cities and towns and turned political as young and working-class protesters demanded clerical leaders step down.
Tehrans clerical rulers have blamed “thugs” linked to its opponents in exile and the countrys main foreign foes—the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia—for the unrest.
U.S. Central Command head Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said last month that it was “very possible” that Iran would launch another attack in the Middle East.
“Its the trajectory and the direction that theyre on. The attack on the oil fields in Saudi was stunning in the depth of its audaciousness. I wouldnt rule that out going forward,” he said.
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