Iran-US confrontation strains the Gulf situation

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) delivers a speech as he visits the Foreign Ministry, Tehran, August 6, 2019. (Photo PressTV)

By Kim Sung Gol
Rodong Sinmun

The current relationship between Iran and the US is so tense that they exchange rough words such as "mental disorder" and "annihilation".

Recently, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani spoke of the terms of negotiation with the US.

He said that if the US wants to negotiate with Iran, the US must lift all sanctions against Iran, and Washington could not force the Iranian people to change their views through sanctions and pressures.

US sanctions against Iran continue to expand over time.

US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Iranian foreign minister in late July. Iranian foreign minister wrote on Twitter that it had no effect on him, as he had no property or interests abroad.

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Iranian Foreign Minister on Twitter.

Public opinion commented that US sanctions were not limited to Iranian foreign minister, namely the individual, but rather aimed at increasing the degrees of  pressure by creating obstacles to Iran's diplomatic activities.

Iran is strongly responding to the US by taking measures of bolstering military powers.

In August Iran unveiled domestic-made precision-guided weapons: two bombs and a missile.

A senior personage of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said the test of the first vertical takeoff and landing drone produced by the Army would be conducted in the near future.

The US has hated the Iran nuclear agreement (JCPOA) that was concluded during the days of the Obama administration. The US unilaterally abrogates it. Then, the US is imposing sanctions of high intensity on Iran.

Iran, not succumbing to it, is strengthening the national defense power to defend itself.

This supplies the US with a headache.

Meanwhile, Iranian influence in the Middle East area is growing.

That Iran is involved in settling the Syrian issue, and that it is strengthening cooperation with regional countries such as Iraq and Lebanon are hurting the stomach of the US.

In this regard a US university professor made a remark as follows:

“The Obama administration could not sensitively accept Iran's growing influence in the Middle East.  But the Trump administration is anxious about this as much as about the nuclear issue."

Experts are saying that nobody can determine whether a war will really break out between the US and Iran but the factors leading to clash are plentiful.

They say Iran's military power is not easy to cope with.

Iran is considered a militarily powerful nation in the region. The country develops and produces by itself ballistic missiles with a range of thousands of kilometers. The US military base in the Middle East, and Israel, are within Iran's missile range. Iran's influential power is becoming a non-negligible thing.

What is plain is that the confrontation between Iran and the US will be a prolonged one.

Iran-US relationship, turning more acute day by day, casts a dark shadow on the situation in the Middle East.

(This is a full translation. Readers can find the original text in Rodong Sinmun dated August 19, 2019.)