The Trump administration is positioning itself to renew sales of precision guided weapon systems to Saudi Arabia, a move originally shelved by the Obama administration.
The State Department has left a proposal for the arms sale with the White House for approval. The measure is seen as another form of the Trump administration taking a hard-line on the actions of Iran, who Saudi Arabia says is a leading threat to regional stability.
The weapons will likely be used in the ongoing Yemeni Civil War, in which the Saudi-led Arab coalition is fighting a Houthi insurgency which seeks to establish control over Yemen. The United States has accused Iran of supporting the Houthi rebels with weapons and other means.
A recent unsuccessful missile attack on a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Red Sea was cited as evidence of direct Iranian intervention in the conflict on the side of the Houthis. At the time, the Pentagon suggested the missile technology was too advanced to have been attempted solely by the Houthis.