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Boom of US arms sales aggravates regional security dilemma

(People's Daily Online)

15:58, August 29, 2012

U.S. aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

The United States doubled its arms exports in 2011, hitting a new record high, according to the latest report of the U.S. Congressional Research Service. The total volume of exports reached 66.3 billion U.S. dollars, accounting for 78 percent of the global market.

In 2011, the biggest buyers of U.S. arms are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and other Gulf countries. Analysts believe that the tension of the Iranian nuclear issue led to the "absolute demand" for U.S. arms in the Middle East.

Over the past year, the Gulf countries' demand for weapons had an explosive growth, which is closely related to the United States' measures against Iran, such as the escalation of sanctions, increasing voice of forces use and successive military deployments.

The tension over the Iranian nuclear issue will increase the concerns of the Gulf countries about "Iranian ambitions" and precipitate the bulk purchase of advanced fighters and complex missile defense systems. The containment of external forces is bound to make Iran uneasy and thus improve arms forces.

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