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do 08 dec 2011, 04:22

En zo'n dergelijk toestel gebruiken ze niet voor de lol. :whistle: :pinch:
In de erfenis der eeuwen ligt veel wijsheid opgetast. Ook hier geldt: dwaas is hij die zijn eigen geschiedenis versmaadt.
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Een dreun voor de drone (2)
woensdag 7 december 2011
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De VS geven toe dat de door Iran gevangen drone een van het type Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel is. De bijnaam van dit type is “Beest van Kandahar” . Zo goed als zeker werd het door de CIA gebruikt voor het bespioneren van Iran. Het vliegveld Shindad in Afghanistan wordt door de CIA als uitvalsbasis gebruikt voor spionage - en andere operaties tegen Iran.
Interessant is hoe Iran erin geslaagd is om dit ding te “vangen”. Normaal gesproken wordt het bestuurd door middel van een satelliet verbinding, maar niet tijdens het opstijgen of landen. Logisch want er is een vertraging van honderdenden milliseconden bij een satelliet verbinding en dat kan fataal zijn bij opstijgen of landen. Daarvoor zijn mensen op de grond nodig die door middel van een radioverbinding landen of opstijgen.

Het lijkt erop alsof Iran erin geslaagd is om de satelliet verbinding te kappen en iemand op de grond de besturing over te laten nemen. Gespeculeerd wordt dat dat kappen gebeurde met het nieuwe Russische Avtobaza systeem (zie).

Het afgelopen weekend is er druk overleg gepleegd in Washington om die drone of te vernietigen of weer in handen te krijgen. In het laatste geval door het sturen van Special Forces eenheden naar Iran. Tja, dat laatste zou wel eens een oorlogje kunnen veroorzaken en dat komt de heren en dames in de VS op dit moment even niet uit. Desalniettemin wordt er aan “damage control”gedaan, volgens Aviationweek gaat het om ouderwetse technologie in de RQ-170. Jaja.
Nu is het niet de eerste keer dat er een drone wordt gekaapt. Begin november was een Israelische drone het slachtoffer van iets soortgelijks in Zuid Libanon, vermoedelijk een Hezbolla operatie. Tijdens de Amerikaanse bezetting van Irak was er al sprake van een software programma (SkyGrabber) dat pakweg 25 dollar kost, om drones over te nemen.
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Obama Concerned That Iran is on Verge of Underground Nuclear Enrichment
By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Dec 15, 2011
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-1 ... hment.html


The Obama administration is concerned Iran is on the verge of enriching uranium at a facility deep underground near the Muslim holy city of Qom, a move that may strengthen those advocating tougher action to stop Iran’s suspected atomic weapons program.

Iranian nuclear scientists at the Fordo facility appear to be within weeks of producing 20 percent enriched uranium, according to Iran analysts and nuclear specialists in close communication with U.S. officials and atomic inspectors. Enriched uranium is used to fuel power plants and reactors, and may be further processed into atomic weapons material.

Administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, worry Iran’s actions may bolster calls for a military response and ratchet up pressure to limit Iran’s oil exports, which might send oil prices soaring.

“Senior advisers to President Obama privately express concern that Israel might see Iran’s commencement of the Fordo facility” as a justification for a military strike, said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington who has frequent discussions with U.S. officials.
Avoiding Miscalculation

Sadjadpour said some White House officials question whether Iran is trying to provoke an Israeli strike in order to rally support at home and abroad. The Obama administration, he said, wants to prevent miscalculations that might trigger a military conflict. The U.S. and Israel say military action remains an option if diplomacy and other measures fail to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb.

Two State Department officials who direct U.S. policy on Iran’s nuclear activities are heading to Israel this week. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and Robert Einhorn, a State Department special adviser for nonproliferation, will be in Israel Dec. 17 and 18 to discuss regional matters including “common security challenges,” according to a State Department announcement today.

Their trip follows Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s meetings yesterday with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon in Washington. It “reinforces the strong and enduring security cooperation between our two governments,” the State Department said.

Pressuring Iran
The visits come amid growing pressure to tighten financial and energy sanctions on Iran. Congress this week approved measures against the Central Bank of Iran that the administration previously resisted on the grounds that targeting an important oil supplier for Asia and Europe threatens to fracture the coalition against Iran and raise oil prices.

“There’s absolutely a risk” that the price of oil would go up, “which would mean that Iran would, in fact, have more money to fuel its nuclear ambitions,” Sherman testified on Dec. 1.

Crude for January delivery fell $1.08 to $93.87 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange today, the lowest settlement since Nov. 2. Prices have risen 2.7 percent this year after climbing 15 percent in 2010. Futures have tumbled 6.3 percent in the past two days.

Oil Prices
Concerns about confrontations with Iran sent oil up 2.4 percent on Dec. 13, the biggest gain in almost four weeks, on speculation shipments from the Persian Gulf would be disrupted after a report that Iran will hold drills to practice closing the Strait of Hormuz.

Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran’s civil defense organization, said yesterday that Iran will move its uranium enrichment centers to locations that are safer from attack if necessary, according to the state-run Mehr news agency.

U.S. officials say Iran is close to starting up Fordo’s two cascades of 174 centrifuges each, fast-spinning machines that enrich uranium for use as a nuclear fuel. Uranium enriched at higher concentrations of 90 percent can be used for a bomb.

Dennis Ross, who until last month was special assistant to President Barack Obama for the region including Iran, said Israel has reason to be concerned about enrichment at Qom.

‘Israeli Calculus’
Iran’s accumulation of low-enriched uranium, its decision to enrich to nearly 20 percent “when there is no justification for it,” its hardening of sites, and other “activities related to possible weaponization” are factors that “affect the Israeli calculus and ours,” Ross, now a counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said in an e-mail. “Qom is important, but it is worth remembering that IAEA inspectors go there, and I would not isolate Qom and say this alone is the Israeli red-line” to spur a military response.

Last month, the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency reported Iran moved a large cylinder of 5 percent enriched uranium from the Natanz fuel enrichment plant to the Fordo facility near Qom. Iranian nuclear engineers have installed centrifuges that need only to be connected to cooling and electric lines to become operational, the IAEA said.

The Nov. 8 report went further than any previous public document in listing nuclear activities that inspectors said had no purpose other than for weapons capability. Iran insists its program is for peaceful energy and medical research.

Nuclear physicist David Albright, founder of the independent Institute for Science and International Security in Washington and a former weapons inspector, said in an interview yesterday that what concerns Israel most is Iran’s plan to triple the rate of enrichment by installing new generation centrifuges at Fordo that are being tested at the Natanz site.

‘Slower Than Expected’
“The program has gone slower than expected — they’re having trouble building and operating the centrifuges, which could be the result of Stuxnet or other sabotage,” Albright said, referring to a computer worm that is believed to have damaged Iran’s centrifuges last year.

At the current rate, Albright said, it would likely take Iran till the end of 2013 to enrich enough 20 percent uranium to be further processed for use in one bomb. If Iran were to get three sets of new generation centrifuges working at Fordo and Natanz, they could produce enough material by the end of next year that could be further enriched to weapons-grade, he said.

“Where Israel would get more nervous is if Iran started to install hundreds of advanced centrifuges underground,” which would mean a “breakout capability over about six months,” Albright said, referring to the ability to enrich uranium to weapons-grade. And at Fordo, “there’s no way to blow it up because it’s 90 meters under rock.”

Mountain Facility
Iran only admitted the existence of the Fordo plant, built deep into a mountain south of the capital Tehran, in September 2009 after U.S., British and French intelligence agencies gathered information on the clandestine facility.

In Congress, growing concern has played out in a measure to sanction transactions with the Iranian central bank in an effort to choke off its overseas oil sales.

Iran is the world’s third-largest crude exporter and oil is Iran’s major source of income, supplying more than 50 percent of the national budget, according to International Monetary Fund figures. The second-largest oil producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries after Saudi Arabia, Iran exported an average 2.58 million barrels a day in 2010, according to OPEC statistics.
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‘Russia to stop any attack on Iran’
Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:22AM GMT
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/216337.html


Vladimir Yevseyev, the director of the Russian Center for Socio-Political Studies (file photo)
Russia will try to stop any military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities as any threat to the Islamic Republic is a problem for Moscow, a Russian military expert tells Press TV.

Vladimir Yevseyev, the director of the Russian Center for Socio-Political Studies, told Press TV on Saturday that “a military attack against Tehran will be a serious problem for Russia, because Caucasus and Central Asia are strategic regions for Russia.”

He also described the downing of a US spy drone by Iran’s Army a great achievement, saying the United States has violated Iran’s airspace which is against the international law.

Yevseyev added that Russia will also intercept any drones if they want to enter the Russian territory, noting that Russia can use the Iranian experience in downing the US drone.

He also called for closer cooperation between Tehran and Moscow to solve the regional problems.

Iranian Army’s electronic warfare unit successfully brought down the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft with minimal damage on Sunday, December 4, 2011. The aircraft was flying over the northeastern Iran city of Kashmar, some 225 kilometers (140 miles) away from the Afghan border.

On December 6, two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the drone had been part of a US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) espionage mission, involving the US intelligence community stationed in Afghanistan.

They said the reconnaissance capability of the drone enabled it to gather information from inside Iran by flying along Afghanistan’s border with the Islamic Republic.

The RQ-170 is designed and developed by the US Lockheed Martin Company.
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[quote=""wodan" post=43261"]Vlak een ander mogelijk conflict trouwens niet uit: Griekenland vs. Turkije. De 'bakermat' van de westerse 'beschaving'.

Naar het schijnt is de VS al druk bezig met het bewapenen van Griekenland: http://www.defencegreece.com/index.php/ ... to-greece/ >> hoewel er volgens de Griekse overheid niks van waar is.[/quote]


Nieuws uit Turkije:

Turkije verbreekt contacten met Frankrijk

AMSTERDAM - Turkije verbreekt alle politieke en economische contacten met Frankrijk en schort de militaire samenwerking met het West-Europese land op.

Dat heeft premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan donderdag meegedeeld, nadat de Franse Tweede Kamer had ingestemd met een wetsvoorstel waarin het ontkennen van de genocide op de Armeniërs in het Ottomaanse Rijk strafbaar wordt gesteld.

Volgen Erdogan is ''onherstelbare schade'' toegebracht aan de relaties tussen beide NAVO-landen.

Hij zei dat Franse militaire vliegtuigen niet meer in Turkije mogen landen en dat Franse oorlogsschepen niet langer welkom zijn in Turkse havens. Volgens Erdogan is het nu aangenomen wetsvoorstel ''gebaseerd op racisme, discriminatie en vreemdelingenhaat''.


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VS: 10 miljoen voor tip financier al-Qaeda
22/12/11 19u39
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De Verenigde Staten hebben vandaag een beloning van 10 miljoen dollar (7,6 miljoen euro) uitgeloofd voor de tip die leidt tot de aanhouding van Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil. Deze Syriër, die vanuit Iran zou werken, wordt beschouwd als een belangrijke financier van het terroristennetwerk al-Qaeda.
Volgens Robert Hartung van het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken in Washington is het de eerste keer dat de VS op zo'n manier een financier van terroristen proberen uit te schakelen. Amerikaanse functionarissen zeggen dat Khalil ook bekend is als Yacine al-Suri en in 1982 in Syrië is geboren.

Het Amerikaanse ministerie van Begrotingszaken zette Khalil met nog vijf anderen in juli op een zwarte lijst. Het zou zijn taak zijn in het Midden-Oosten geld in te zamelen voor al-Qaeda en daar leden voor het netwerk te werven en die naar Pakistan over te brengen.

Sinds 1984 heeft de Amerikaanse regering in totaal ruim 100 miljoen dollar betaald aan meer dan 70 mensen. Die hebben waardevolle informatie verschaft, waardoor aanslagen zijn voorkomen of terreurverdachten konden worden gearresteerd. (Redactie / Reuters)
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Iran announces long-range missile test amid Strait of Hormuz row with U.S.

Ten-day Iranian military drill overshadowed by Iran-U.S. verbal row over an Iranian threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, through which 40% of the world’s ship-borne crude oil is passed.

By DPA

Published 09:45 30.12.11
Latest update 09:45 30.12.11

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east ... s-1.404591


Amid a verbal row with the United States over blocking the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil shipping route, Iran proclaimed on Friday that it will start testing long range missiles in the Persian Gulf.

“On Saturday morning the Iranian navy will test several of its long-range missiles in the Persian Gulf,” navy deputy commander Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi told Fars news agency.

The testing of the missiles is part of ongoing navy maneuvers in the Persian Gulf and, according to Moussavi, the main and final phase is preparing the navy for confronting the enemy in a warlike situation.

The maneuver has been overshadowed by a verbal row between Iran and the US over an Iranian threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, through which 40 per cent of the world’s ship-borne crude is passed.

The spark for the row was a Tuesday remark by Iranian Vice President Mohammd-Reza Rahimi that, “if Western countries sanctioned Iranian oil, then Iran would not allow one drop of oil to cross the Strait of Hormuz.”

Following his remarks, Iranian navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari said, although there was currently no necessity for Iran to close the strait, “it would be as easy as drinking a glass of water.”

After the U.S. Navy said it would not accept any Iranian disruption of the free flow of goods through Hormuz, Iran continued the war of words with Revolutionary Guard deputy chief Hossein Salami saying that the U.S. was in no position to tell Iran what to do.

Salami also called the U.S. “an iceberg which is to be melted by the high degree of the Iranian revolution,” and “a sparrow in the body of a dinosaur.”

Neither President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nor the ministries of defense and foreign affairs have so far commented on the issue.

The only official comments on the matter came last week, before the exchange of words, from Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, who said that closing the Hormuz has never been on Iran’s agenda.

However, he added: “if the region would face a warlike situation, then everything would then become warlike.”
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Iran Claims to Have Produced Its First Nuclear Fuel Rod

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TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian scientists have produced the nation's first nuclear fuel rod, a feat of engineering the West has doubted Tehran capable of, the country's nuclear agency said Sunday.

The announcement marks another step in Tehran's efforts to achieve proficiency in the entire nuclear fuel cycle -- from exploring uranium ore to producing nuclear fuel -- despite U.N. sanctions and measures by the U.S. and others to get it to halt aspects of its atomic work that could provide a possible pathway to weapons production.

Tehran has long said it is forced to seek a way to manufacture the fuel rods on its own, since the sanctions ban it from buying them on foreign markets. Nuclear fuel rods are tubes containing pellets of enriched uranium that provide fuel for nuclear reactors.

Iran's atomic energy agency's website said the first domestically made rod has already been inserted into the core of Tehran's research nuclear reactor. But it was unclear if the rod contained pellets or was inserted empty, as part of a test.

"Scientists and researchers at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran have succeeded in producing and testing the first sample of a nuclear fuel rod," said the announcement.

The U.S. and some of its European allies accuse Iran of using its nuclear program as a cover to develop atomic weapons. Iran denies the charge, saying the program is for peaceful purposes only and is geared toward generating electricity and producing medical radioisotopes to treat cancer patients.

Although the rods are easier to make, Iran is also seeking to produce the pellets with enriched uranium. But so far it is not known whether Iranian nuclear scientists have been able to overcome the technical hurdles to do so.

Tehran focused on domestic production of nuclear fuel rods and pellets in 2010, after talks with the West on a nuclear fuel swap deal ended in failure as Iran backed down on shipping a major part of its stock of enriched uranium abroad in return for fuel.

The announcement on the fuel rod came just a day after Tehran proposed a new round of talks on its nuclear program with six world powers. The last round of negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany was held in January in Istanbul, Turkey, but it ended in failure.

The U.N. has imposed four rounds of sanctions on Tehran over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a process that can lead to making a nuclear weapon. Separately, the U.S. and the European Union have imposed their own tough economic and financial penalties.
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US sanctions on Iran's central bank. Tehran has called this an act of war

On the last day of 2011, US President Barack Obama Saturday signed into law measures penalizing foreign financial institutions doing business with Iran's central bank, Bank Markazi - the toughest sanctions imposed yet over Iran's development of a nuclear weapon. In recent weeks Tehran has repeatedly warned that it would deem the signing of this measure an act of war and respond with drastic steps including the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.
The bill targeting anyone dealing with Iran's central bank seeks to force other countries to choose between buying oil from Iran or being shut out of transactions with US financial institutions and banks. The new sanctions will begin taking effect in 60 days – the toughest not for at least six months, giving Tehran some space to cooperate with international demands to call off its nuclear weapon program. The president will have some flexibility in applying the measure.

debkafile's Iranian sources report signs that rather than using this leeway to back down, Tehran appears bent on heading for a collision with the United States and its opponents in the Persian Gulf and Middle East.
Just this Saturday, Dec. 31, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, one of the Revolutionary Guards heads, wrote on the Guards' site: "Discourse about closing the Strait of Hormuz belongs to five years ago. Today's debate in the Islamic Republic of Iran contains new layers and the time has not come to disclose them."

This was published shortly after Iran announced the test firing of ballistic missiles targeting the strategic strait – and then, few hours later, contradicting itself by reporting that the missile test fire would only take place "in the coming days."

Our sources report that Gen. Jazayeri's comment was also made in answer to Israel's chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, who said in an address to high school students in Beersheba Friday, Dec. 30, "A nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to the region and world no less than to Israel. I think that with the appropriate international and Israeli disposition, which I will not spell out here, we can beat that challenge."

The Iranian general likewise declined to elaborate on Tehran's next moves.

After Obama signed the new sanctions, senior US officials stressed the administration intends to move forward with implementing the law in a way that doesn't damage the global economy. "We believe we can do this." They added: "The president will consider his options, but our intent—our absolute intent—is to do it in a timed and phased way."

Earlier Saturday, Dec. 31, debkafile reported Iran had managed by a media trick to close the Strait of Hormuz for at least five hours without firing a shot.
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Hammond warns Iran over threat to close oil trade route

Mr Hammond on Iran’s actions in the Strait of Hormuz

5 January 2012 Last updated at 21:16
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16435885


Any attempt by Iran to close a vital trade route would fail, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told US think tank the Atlantic Council.

In a speech in Washington, he said UK and US forces in the region would stop the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

He said disrupting the flow of oil would be “illegal and unsuccessful” and threaten regional and global growth.

Iran has threatened to shut the route if sanctions were imposed on its oil exports because of its nuclear plans.

In November, Britain ordered all British financial institutions to stop doing business with their Iranian counterparts, including the country’s central bank.

And the UN Security Council has passed four rounds of sanctions against Tehran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment.

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Mr Hammond had been visiting the Pentagon for talks with US defence secretary Leon Panetta before delivering his speech.

“It is in all our interests that the arteries of global trade are kept free, open and running,” he said.

“For example, our joint naval presence in the Arabian Gulf, something our regional partners very much appreciate, is key to keeping the Straits of Hormuz open for international trade.

“Disruption to the flow of oil through the Straits of Hormuz would threaten regional and global economic growth. Any attempt by Iran to close the Straits would be illegal and unsuccessful.”

Iran recently conducted 10 days of exercises near the strategically vital Strait of Hormuz, test-firing several missiles.

Mr Hammond told the Atlantic Council he assumed Iran was working “flat out” to produce a nuclear weapon, but that he would not support a pre-emptive strike on the country.

He said Britain’s Royal Navy would continue to play a substantial role in the Combined Maritime Forces, a US-led force based in Bahrain and drawn from 25 nations.

Its mission includes counter-piracy, counter-terrorism and Gulf security.

“We have mine counter-measures capability, we have a frigate present there, and we are an integrated part of the allied naval task force in the Gulf,” Mr Hammond added.

“One of the missions of that task force is to ensure that those shipping lanes remain open.”

He said Britain would maintain pressure on Iran not to carry on with illegal activities by using nuclear technologies in the “field of military” or by threatening to close international waterways.

But he added: “We also at the same time continue to extend the hand of engagement.”

Strike fighters
The defence secretary also said that while he was in the US, he would seek reassurances that deep cuts in US military spending would not adversely affect Britain.

President Barack Obama has said a “leaner” force would place a higher priority on Asia and reduce its focus on Europe.

Mr Hammond said he wanted particular commitments on the delivery of US-built strike fighters for the next generation aircraft carriers.

The US has already said it would not tolerate any closure of the Strait of Hormuz.

Britain downgraded ties with Iran in November following an attack on its embassy in Tehran, which Foreign Secretary William Hague has said included “some degree of regime consent”.

Britain responded by pulling all of its diplomats out of the country and expelling Iranian diplomats from the UK.
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za 07 jan 2012, 20:37

Marine VS redt gegijzelde Iraanse zeelieden

Mariniers van het Amerikaanse supervliegdekschip USS John C. Stennis hebben 13 Iraanse zeelieden bevrijd uit de handen van Somalische piraten. Dat meldde het ministerie van Defensie van de Verenigde Staten vrijdag.

De Iraniërs zouden inmiddels op weg naar huis zijn. Hun ontvoerders, 15 personen, zijn gearresteerd. De operatie tegen de piraten werd uitgevoerd op de Arabische Zee.

Grote bezwaren

Het vliegdekschip keert op termijn terug naar de basis van de vijfde vloot van het Amerikaanse leger in Bahrein. De terugkeer stuit op grote bezwaren van Iran. Dat heeft gedreigd de Straat van Hormuz af te sluiten uit protest tegen de Amerikaanse militaire aanwezigheid in de Perzische Golf.


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On November 21st, America, UK and Canada
announced more sanctions against Iran.
France also proposed to adopt new sanctions to force Tehran
to stop it’s nuclear project.
On Nov 23rd, the spokesman of Chinese Communist Party
(CCP)’s Foreign Ministry said in a regular press conference held in Beijing that
China is opposed to unilateral sanctions against Iran.

Scholars believe that, being isolated,
China and Iran need mutual support.
Meanwhile, the CCP government, with internal and external difficulties,
may express an even tougher diplomatic “voice”.

“Reuters” reported on Nov 23rd: “The United States,
UK and Canada have announced new sanctions
against Iran in the areas of energy and finance.
France proposed ‘unprecedented’ new sanctions,
including freezing the assets of the Central Bank of Iran
and suspending the purchase of Iran’s oil.

Earlier, the “International Atomic Energy Agency” (IAEA)
had issued a report that Iran may be secretly developing nuclear weapons.

On Nov 23rd, the CCP’s Foreign Ministry expressed opposition
to the imposition of unilateral sanctions against Iran.

In this regard, Xia Ming, a political professor from
“City University of New York” in America, believes that
since the Cold War, the United States and Western society’s
biggest challenges have been seen as being from China and Iran.
They are both isolated by the United States and the West.
Therefore, China’s policy is foreseeable.

Xia Ming says: “China and Iran are facing strong Western
challenges within politics, economy and culture.
So these two countries basically have a kind of coordination
on the international stage, to support each other.
So we can see that China and Iran coordinate a lot,
with a lot of cooperation in matters of energy, arms and so on.”

“Associated Press” also reported on Nov 23rd: “Since 2006,
the United Nations have carried out 4 rounds of sanctions against Iran.
But with export of energy, Iran has not been severely
affected by the sanctions.”

“AFP” said: “China supports Iran and purchases
large quantities of oil from Iran.
Meanwhile, China is Iran’s biggest trading partner.
Their bilateral trade totals up to $ 30 billion.

“Voice of America” reported, according to Chinese customs’
data, this year (2011) Iran could become China’s second largest crude oil supplier.

However, Iran disdains the new round of sanctions.
Israel and Washington said in the event that other efforts were not effective,
the possibility of military action would not be ruled out.

It’s puzzling to some that Major General Zhang Zhaozhong,
a professor from the Chinese National Defense University,
said China will not hesitate to protect Iran even
with a third World War.

Professor Xia Ming: “Zhang Zhaozhong said that
not hesitating to fight a third world war would be entirely for domestic political needs.
To some extent though, this would be completely
ridiculous to encourage”

Professor Xia Ming pointed out that the United States and
Western societies may deal with Iran by a method of “Jasmine Revolution”, similar to what happened in Libya.
From the perspective of the Libya model,
NATO could not possibly involve itself in large-scale military action,
and it would be impossible to start a new war.

In fact, a senior European diplomat with anonymity
in Tehran said that the Iranian government was actually very worried about a military strike.
Analysts also say that ordinary people don’t worship
their leaders so much any more.

But Professor Xia Ming said that the CCP regime itself
is facing a much bigger crisis than Iran.
The CCP regime not only faces challenges from Southeast Asia,
the South China Sea, South Asia countries and so on,
but also faces the pressure from America for the RMB exchange rate, export, and human rights issues,
as well as the pressure of domestic issues meanwhile.

Professor Xia Ming says : “China is facing pressure
from America. Meanwhile, current domestic pressure is also very considerable.
In particular, we can see in civil society, the challenge to
the Chinese government and resistance forces are growing.
Therefore, the Chinese government is indeed facing the
arrival of a big power shift in the 18th session.
So, China may express a tougher diplomatic voice.
On the one hand, it is a reaction to pressure from America.
On the other hand, it needs to meet the demand of
domestic nationalist groups.

Russia is another ally of Iran, with similar policy to that
of China. Toward Iran.
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