US anti-missile batteries set for Persian Gulf

January 31, 2010 08:38

The United States will place defensive missiles in the Persian Gulf for protection in the event of an Iranian attack, in part to protect , according to a New York Times report.

US naval vessels will also be placed near the Iranian coast, said the paper.

US officials apparently told the Times that the move was accelerated for fears of an Iranian response to the West’s intent to impose additional sanctions.

The officials added that the missile defense battery is also meant for reassurance that there is no immediate need to attack the Islamic republic’s nuclear sites.

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