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nnnnn extension simmer throughout the middle east president obama aiming to build a defensive shield protecting gulf allies against iranian missiles that plan front and center next week as suny golf leaders meet obama in washington , they fear a possible u. s. nuclear deal with shiite iran could put their regional phone a stronger place mats potomac is covering the story for reuters the concern of the gulf states is that the president is so , intent on getting a final nuclear deal with iran that would be a major part of his foreign policy legacy , that is willing to throw his back on them , in many ways and so the president now needs to show the united states is on their side and can be counted on whether that is he'll succeed in that is definitely a question , the goal states already have u. s. missile defense gear such as the patriot and tad systems , but the u. s. wants them to network their radar and early warning systems into a single u. s. backed missile shield as part of the deal reuters has learned the u. s. will likely boost arms sales and step up military exercises in the gulf the stakes are high with some fearing saudi arabia's recent airstrikes against iran backed with the rebels in yemen could be just the start of a regional sectarian war they are beginning in some cases the saudis are beginning to , strike out on their own make that makes of their own decisions , on foreign policy independent of the united states and the security umbrella they have long been on , the other risk here is that if all the gulf countries which are quite wealthy in oil rich , decide that on this that iran is being given far too much leeway on the nuclear front that that that they too might decide to seek nuclear technology that could help spur an arm's reach race in the region , but any new defense pact carries the risk of the united states being drawn into new middle east conflicts