The United States military is accelerating defenses against possible Iranian missile attacks in the Persian Gulf.
According to the Washington Post one military official said the actions should be seen as "prudent defensive measures designed to deter Iran from taking aggressive action in the region, more than as a signal that Washington expects Iran to retaliate for any additional sanctions."
According to the New York Times, the precautions also are intended to counter the impression that Iran is becoming the most powerful military force in the Middle East.
Iran contends that they are not trying to develop nuclear weapons and that it's program is for energy production. The White House declines to comment.