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the United States will deploy an extra one thousand troops to the Middle East that's according to acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan on Monday he points to concerns about a mounting threat from Iran it's in addition to another troop increase announced last month fears of confrontation between Iran and the U. S. have been growing since Thursday when two oil tankers were attacked which Washington has blamed on Tehran United States is considering of full range of options with tensions mounting the United States on Monday released new images it said were proof of Iran's role in the tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman the US military's Central Command said the images showed members of Iran's revolutionary guard removing an unexploded mine from the side of the coke cook a courageous one of two ships hit in the attacks Tehran has denied any role in the incidents the new images come hours after Ron vowed to break out of the curbs on reaching low grade uranium under the twenty fifteen nuclear deal after president trump pulled the U. S. out of the deal last year over the objections of U. S. allies Reuters Jonathan land day has more the Iran nuclear deal specifies that Iran is not allowed to store more than three hundred kilograms of low enriched uranium Iran has announced that it is accelerating the production of that kind of uranium and that within the next ten or so days it will exceed that limit that amount is still far below what would be needed for a nuclear bomb even so the US said Tehran was engaging in nuclear blackmail the US has already slapped tough new sanctions on Iran's oil and steel sectors and is pushing other nations to go along question is what the Europeans will do Iran's decision to accelerate its production of low enriched uranium and exceed that three hundred kilograms storage limit is aimed at pressuring the Europeans to take action , %HESITATION to end Iran's %HESITATION economic isolation the economic isolation that as a result of US sanctions the world needs to unite against this threat from the Islamic Republic or right secretary of state Mike Pompeii %HESITATION on Sunday said the US does not want war with Iran but that a military response to the attacks was not off the table