Iran flexes


Let’s hope this doesn’t get too ugly.

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran raised the prospect on Tuesday of sending military ships close to the United States’ Atlantic coast, in what would be a major escalation of tensions between the long-standing adversaries.

“Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to American marine borders,” the head of the Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, Sayyari gave no details of when such a deployment could happen or the number or type of vessels to be used.

Meanwhile, the West continues to keep a close eye on them.

UNITED NATIONS — France’s UN envoy warned that Iran faces the risk of a military strike if it pursues its nuclear drive because certain countries would not accept it having an atomic weapon.

In surprisingly frank comments at a New York panel discussion, Ambassador Gerard Araud on Tuesday followed up on President Nicolas Sarkozy’s statement that there could be a “preventive strike” against the Islamic republic.

Asked what would happen if Iran reaches the threshold of a nuclear weapon, Araud said: “Personally I am convinced that some countries won’t accept this prospect.”

The envoy said the danger of conflict was why France, Britain, Germany, the United States, Russia and China were trying to negotiate with Tehran.

“If we don’t succeed today to reach a negotiation with the Iranians, there is a strong risk of military action,” according to Araud, who did not say who would be likely to carry out such action.

Well, one thing’s for sure; it won’t be France.

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    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • September 29th, 2011

    Which ship? Which crew? The navigation skill level of the Iranian Navy is probably about where Vasco da Gama was when he departed Portugal, ie, stay in sight of land. And then few Iranian ships really have the range for crossing the Atlantic except by island-hopping. They could try for a tow by a tanker heading for the US East Coast.

    Cheers

      • The Wizard of WOZ
      • September 29th, 2011

      I was thinking more about submarines and ‘unexplained magazine fires’ myself. Possibly even the Bermuda triangle. But your argument does hold some merit.

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