As well as developing integrated regional ballistic missile defense capability among key allies, including Saudi Arabia, the Wall Street Journal cites a senior Obama administration official as saying it wants to accelerate arms transfers to its partners in the Middle East.
That way the White House wants to keep Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia from entering a nuclear arms race with Tehran.
Obama announced plans for an integrated ballistic missile defense architecture for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, in addition to further arms sales, in May.
The GCC and Israel suspect provisions in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) lifting a UN arms and ballistic missile technologies embargoes, in five and eight years respectively, will give Iran unfettered pursuit of these capabilities.
The newspaper argues that the Obama administration’s biggest challenges following the Iran deal is to counter regional backlash over the arms and missile technologies embargoes.
The Gulf Cooperation Council is a regional intergovernmental economic union consisting of the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. Its members are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.