The United States sends over 3,000 more US soldiers to the Middle East as tensions with Iran heighten.
Sources: NBC News
Sources: NBC News
After briefing the Iranian government, the Cabinet of Japan approves the deployment of a destroyer and patrol planes to the Middle East (independent from similar U.S.-led and European missions) to protect Japanese vessels, as the situation in the region remains volatile.
Acting United States Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan authorizes the deployment of approximately 1,000 additional U.S. troops to the Middle East region "for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats" amid increased tensions with Iran. The move comes four days after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman incident.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency states that Iran has complied with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, paving the way for international sanctions to be lifted by the United States and European Union.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during P5+1 and Iran talks, the highest-level direct contact between the United States and Iran in six years.
President of the United States Barack Obama announces that the United States will pursue aggressive sanctions to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon that could potentially spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.