IRAN

Tensions Simmer in the Gulf as Kingdom Says it Wants to Avoid War but ‘Will Respond Firmly and Decisively to Any Threat’

The guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), foreground left, leads the guided missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103), right, the guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), center, and the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during a strait transit exercise in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 10, 2013. The ships were part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group and were underway participating in a composite training unit exercise in preparation for a scheduled deployment. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert, U.S. Navy/Released)
Tensions simmered with Iran over the weekend as Saudi Arabia, the United States and allies made it clear war should be avoided at all costs but that they would respond to security threats and defend their interests if necessary.

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