US keeps 'options' open as warships deploy near Yemen

This US Navy photo released April 21, 2015 shows the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as it operates in the Gulf conducting maritime security operationsThe US military is keeping its “options” open as its warships track Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons for Huthi rebels in Yemen, officials said Tuesday. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and escort ships have deployed to waters off of Yemen “in response to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters. Warren said the American warships are closely monitoring a convoy of nine Iranian cargo ships in the area but would not say whether the US naval forces might try to intercept the convoy if it approached a Yemeni port. A total of 12 US ships were in the region stretching from the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea, including nine combat vessels, navy officers said.

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