U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, shakes hands with Emirati Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef al-Otaiba, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan came to the United Arab Emirates Thursday promising to take a harder line on Iran's ballistic missile program and its regional proxies, and saying he was open to imposing new economic sanctions.Gulf Arab nations, which view Iran as a regional menace and opposed the 2015 nuclear deal, have welcomed the hard-line adopted by the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress. Ryan said the nuclear deal should remain in place, but that more economic sanctions should be imposed to counter the "Iranian threat".The UAE is a major U.S. ally that hosts some 5,000 American troops and the U.S. Navy's busiest foreign port of call.A January 2017 raid ordered by President Trump killed a U.S. Navy SEAL and 30 other people, including women, children and an estimated 14 militants.
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