Report: Gulf States Want U.S. Arms, Agreements in Return for Support of Iran Deal

Both Congress and Israel likely to oppose any moves by Obama to meet demands of Persian Gulf states.

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Fishing boats and oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
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Several Persian Gulf states are demanding security guarantees and new weapons systems from the United States in exchange for supporting a nuclear agreement with Iran, Fox News reported on Sunday.

Leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, intend raising their demands at a key meeting with President Barack Obama scheduled for later this month.

Among the systems they intend demanding are additional fighter jets, missile batteries and surveillance equipment .They also want new defense agreements that specify the scenarios under which Washington would intervene if they are threatened by Iran, according to U.S. and Gulf officials.

The demands illustrate how a nuclear deal with Iran, which is aimed at stabilizing the Middle East, risks further militarizing an already-volatile region, Fox news said.

Readiness on the part of Obama to meet the demands could face opposition in Congress and cause friction with Israel, which is already adamantly opposed to the embryonic deal with Iran.

The agreement is due to be signed by June 30, following the reaching of a framework agreement between Iran and five world powers in early March.

“I’m very worried that President Obama will promise every military toy they’ve always wanted and a security agreement short of a treaty, with the understanding they have to be sympathetic to this deal,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, an opponent of the Iran deal.

“If I get a hint of that, a whiff of that, then I would do everything I could to block every bullet and every plane.”

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