Pentagon mulling show of force to
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is considering a buildup of Navy forces in the
Persian Gulf as a show of force against
Speaking on condition of anonymity because the idea has not been approved,
the official said one proposal is to send a second aircraft carrier to the
region amid increasing tensions with
violence in neighboring
because of its refusal to stop uranium enrichment, a technology that can be
used to produce nuclear fuel for civilian purposes or fuel for a nuclear
would not stop
has said is for peaceful development of energy.
Bush administration officials have repeatedly declined to rule out the use
of force against
rely on diplomacy.
Kofi Annan said military action against
disastrous." Annan, who is leaving his job Dec. 31, made the comment to
reporters at a news conference as the Security Council debated a resolution
that would impose sanctions on
The idea of building up
U.S. Navy forces has been discussed over some time and it's unclear when a
decision will be made, the defense official said.
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is already in the region. It
and submarines carrying 6,500 sailors.
The flotilla headed to the Mediterranean Sea and eventually went to relieve
the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Enterprise strike group, which was in
the region supporting operations in
blocking smuggling of nuclear weapons in the
The six-nation maneuvers off the coast of Iran were the first of their kind
North Korea's Oct. 9 nuclear test and U.N. sanctions that called on the
international community to conduct searches at sea to ensure the reclusive
communist nation is not secretly expanding its nuclear program.