Obama expected to push for Gulf missile defense at U.S. summit

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In response to concerns about Iran’s influence in the Middle East, President Obama is expected to make a renewed push for a Gulf-wide missile defense shield during an upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council summit.

The United States’ Gulf nation allies worry that once Iran is no longer subject to economic sanctions, Shiite Iran will be flush with cash and seek to expand it’s influence in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.

The United States has deployed two Aegis-equipped destroyers in the Persian Gulf.
And since 2006, several Gulf states have purchased new defense equipment including Patriot missile batteries, early warning radars and THAAD missiles. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar have all received or requested missile defense equipment or radars from the U.S.

Future arms sales are also likely, with the U.S. helping to resupply bombs and missiles depleted in the Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen. Obama will also likely push Gulf leaders to overcome regional rivalries and distrust.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Sanctions on Iran are lifted and cash from Iran is transferred to Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq
2. U.S. destroyers deployed to the Gulf
3. Patriot missile battery, early warning radar and THAAD missile battery
4. US transferring defense weapons to Gulf nations

VOICEOVER (in English):

“The United States’ Gulf nation allies worry that once Iran is no longer subject to economic sanctions, Shiite Iran will be flush with cash...”

“...and seek to expand its influence in countries including Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.”

“In response to these concerns, the U.S. has deployed two Aegis-equipped destroyers in the Persian Gulf.”

“Since 2006, several Gulf states have purchased new defense equipment including Patriot missile batteries, early warning radars and THAAD missiles.”

“Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar have all received or requested missile defense equipment or radars from the U.S.”

SOURCES: Reuters, Bloomberg, Centre for Strategic and International Studies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/06/us-usa-gulf-iran-idUSKBN0NR09M20150506
https://www.graphicnews.org/pages/en/33024/U.S._to_push_for_Gulf_missile_shield
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-08/gulf-allies-doubts-over-iran-policy-to-dominate-obama-s-summit
http://csis.org/images/stories/poni/140325_Missile_Defense_in_the_Persian_Gulf_Kattan.pdf