A senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday there were indications that Iran could potentially carry out aggressive actions in the future, amid simmering tensions between Tehran and Washington. The warning comes on the same day of new reports of Iran building up a “hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq.”
“We also continue to see indications, and for obvious reasons I won’t go into the details, that potential Iranian aggression could occur,” John Rood, the Pentagon’s No. 3 official, told reporters.
Rood did not provide details about what information he was basing that on or any timeline.
“We’ve sent very clear and blunt signals to the Iranian government about the potential consequences of aggression,” Rood said.
Two U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters there was intelligence over the past month indicating that Iran was moving forces and weapons in the region.