MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is opening the door for the U.S. to sell missile defense and other weapons systems to a group of U.S.-friendly Gulf nations.
The move is intended to help counter Iran's ballistic missiles, even as global powers ink a nuclear deal with Tehran.
In a speech to Gulf leaders Saturday, Hagel plans to make clear that the emerging agreement that would limit Iran's nuclear program doesn't mean the security threat from Tehran is over.
The Pentagon plans to allow military sales so the Gulf nations can have more coordinated radars, sensors and early warning missile defense systems.
Hagel's speech is also intended to reassure allies that the U.S. military remains committed the region.