Tehran has seen its relations with Washington deteriorate since the Iranian revolution of 1979, shortly after which the American embassy was held hostage for 444 days. Tension remains high between the two states after former US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The latest comes from an American publication called The 19FortyFive which suggests that Iranian naval capabilities are more of a threat than once believed.
The report noted: “Although US defenses are superior in all respects, the potential for Iran’s successful destruction of a US naval aircraft carrier is not impossible.
He also pointed to the threat posed by Iran’s submarine defenses.
He continues: “The Iranian Navy’s Kilo-class submarine fleet is equipped with torpedoes that could seriously impact the structure of an aircraft carrier.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was also mentioned in the report, suggesting that military unity has “greatly grown” in recent years.
Concerns have also been expressed in the United States over the development of Iran’s ballistic nuclear program, which Iran reiterates is for deterrence and defensive purposes only.
The article said, “Iran has been able to develop longer-range ballistic missiles that will eventually be able to hit US assets.”
According to the article, the Islamic Republic “has practiced destroying U.S. military assets, including a naval aircraft carrier, in its semi-regular war game exercises.”
Iran has had to remain largely self-sufficient in the production of military defense equipment in light of the harsh economic sanctions imposed on the country by the United States.
Many Iranian military units rely on locally made equipment such as submarines, drones, missiles and planes.
Iran has raised concerns about the growing presence of US military assets in the Persian Gulf.
The United States currently has naval and air bases in Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well as multiple bases and allies in the region, including in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Tension peaked between the two nations in 2020 when a US drone assassinated Iran’s top commander, Lieutenant General Ghasem Soleimani.
Iran responded by sending a volley of missiles to US bases in Iraq.
In an attempt to rekindle diplomatic relations, current US President Joe Biden has promised to return to the JCPOA.
However, talks in Vienna between the other signatory members and Iran have stalled due to failure to meet conditions, including the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran.
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has stressed that an increased foreign presence in West Asia does not contribute to regional security and, in fact, attracts the opposite.
Speaking in Tehran, he said: “We agree that the presence of foreigners in the region will not create security, but rather will cause many problems.
“We also believe that regional leaders are capable of resolving regional issues and that the region’s Gordian knots can be undone by the region itself.”
Iran has long said it wants to promote peace in the Persian Gulf region, saying relations with its neighbors are paramount to securing peace.
With the FIFA World Cup in Qatar due to take place in the region towards the end of the year, the focus on security will be a top priority in the region.
Reports from Doha suggest that up to 500,000 extra visitors a day could be in the tiny Persian Gulf peninsula during the World Cup.
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Increased attention will focus on shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf, which currently sees 21 million barrels of oil passing through the Strait of Hormuz daily.
Experts have long feared Iran could close the narrow sea lane, triggering an unprecedented oil crisis.
Iran, on the other hand, offered its natural gas to Europe in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the logistical infrastructure that Russia and Europe currently enjoy does not yet exist. between Iran and the West.
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