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Mideast power shift root cause of US-Iran tensions (2)

By Tian Wenlin (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

14:58, January 11, 2012

On Jan. 2, 2012, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran declared that it is capable to produce nuclear fuel rod independently, indicating that Iran's nuclear technology is making progresses.

In this military drill, Iran tested and fired several new missiles too. Iran's national defense strength is much more powerful compared to other gulf states such as the Saudi Arabia, which are more willing to spend large amounts of money in purchasing advanced weapons from the United States. This powerful military strength has laid a solid national defense foundation for Iran to rise in the region.

Historically, the power shift from a large traditional country to a large emerging country was rarely peaceful. The United States always regards the Middle East as a strategically important region and one of the United States' strategic objectives in the Middle East is to prevent the rise of a great regional power.

If Iran indeed rises with the nuclear weapon in the region, the current order of the Middle East will be completely changed and the geopolitical power of the Middle East will be significant transferred. The United States will not allow it to happen.

Therefore, it is not hard to understand why the United States has been using all possible measures except for launching a direct war to contain Iran in all areas. But up to now, all these measures have not made Iran really give in and it seems that the United States currently has no better option except for launching a direct war. In this sense, the future U.S.-Iran relations may enter a "dangerous period."

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PD User at 2012-01-16113.239.228.*
Helen Anytime you want a war with the US just jump. We can clean your clock
wende at 2012-01-1271.255.88.*
US is reaping oil hegemony in the middle east by the use of force more and coercion less. China should take note of this trend.
Canada at 2012-01-1270.36.49.*
U.S. foreign policy causes non capitalist countries that aren"t U.S. allies to seek WMD & build up their military for self defence from a U.S. or NATO attack.
helen at 2012-01-11175.142.223.*
Hard to believe your logic and reasoning.The root cause is really US Global Tyranny and the United States" fantasy belief that they are the "master of the world". Such unadulterated bunkum!But like all evil empires of the past, US Global Tyranny would also be consigned to the dustbin of history.
Muslim at 2012-01-11213.55.79.*
If they launch a war against Islamic Republic, the enemy will lose, Inshallah, in 10 days or less.
  

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