The US maintains a significant force presence in the Middle East, including warships with ballistic missile defense capability in the Red Sea, to prevent Houthi attacks against cargo vessels, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said. He emphasized that the US does not seek conflict in the region but will defend its interests and partners. President Joe Biden and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan also spoke with Israeli leaders and 12 other nations to condemn Houthi attacks on commercial vessels.
Kirby highlighted the US military presence in the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier strike group and an amphibious ready group in the eastern Mediterranean. He also mentioned the presence of destroyers designed for ballistic missile defense and emphasized US military prowess in the region.
Kirby dismissed reports linking Israel to the recent explosions in Iran and the assassination of Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri. The US plans to maintain its force presence in the Middle East to ensure the free flow of international commerce and defend its interests and partners.