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The pilots, from seven oil-rich UAE kingdoms, are participating in an exercise at an American Air Force base in Nevada after having spent two weeks training at an Arizona base. Closer ties with the Arab states provides the U.S. with better assurance of an immediate defense if war breaks out with the Islamic Republic or if an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities prompts an all-out regional war.
The threat of Iran becoming a nuclear power has pushed the international community and the Islamic Republic into a diplomatic confrontation that is reaching a climax, as Iran comes close to enriching enough uranium to manufacture a nuclear warhead to be aimed at Israel.
In response to the threat of tougher United Nations sanctions, Iranian state television announced on Tuesday that the government is ready for negotiations and has prepared a new proposal. U.S. President Barack Obama has issued an ultimatum that Iran agree by the end of the month to stop its nuclear development program in return for trade benefits, or else face harsher sanctions.
The regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not reveal details of what it called its “new nuclear package.”