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Mideast power shift root cause of US-Iran tensions

By Tian Wenlin (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

14:55, January 11, 2012

The tension between the United States and Iran has increased since the very beginning of 2012. The Western world is imposing increasingly strict sanctions against Iran, and there is a growing call in the United States for launching a war against Iran.

Shortly after a 10-day large-scale military drill in the Persian Gulf, Iran announced plans for another large-scale exercise in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. At the same time, the United States and Israel plan to hold a joint missile defense exercise.

The increasing tension between the two sides has aroused wide media concern that any little conflict could erupt into a large-scale war.

The root cause of the feud between the United States and Iran is the shift in the Middle East power balance. Iran seeks regional power status, but the United States and Israel consider it a threat to their interests, thereby containing Iran through every means possible.

Iran's rise as a regional power is the most notable trend in the Middle East geopolitics in recent years, and is a result of multiple factors.

Domestically, Iran's independent technological research and development capacity keeps strengthening in recent years and Iran has made quite large progresses in many areas including the missile, warship, aviation and nuclear technology. Not long ago, Iran captured an advanced American unmanned aerial vehicle, indicating that Iran's comprehensive military strength has reached a very high level.

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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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