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Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
If either Israel or the US were to attack Iran, the Islamic republic's response could well involve Iranian strikes against Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, Senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, James M. Dorsey told Trend.
"Iran has threatened in the past to block the Strait of Hormuz but has refrained from doing so in a bid not to escalate tension and to avoid a military response," Dorsey added.
Earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, warned North Korea and Iran that their options are few and their friends fewer as those nations refuse to back down from actions the world sees as menacing.
Israel accuses Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons and hasn't ruled out a military strike to head off further development. Iran, in turn, denies it is trying to develop nuclear weapons, and insists its nuclear program is meant for peaceful uses such as generating electricity.
Speaking about Iran's response towards Saudi Arabia's increasing oil exports, the expert said the countries may see their relationship deteriorated further.
"Iran and Saudi Arabia are already at loggerheads, and Islamic Republic's response will be in the larger context of its response to the sanctions and will depend on how the dispute evolves," Dorsey said. "Iran's response for example will be different if pressure is limited to sanctions rather than military action".
Asked whether Iran's rapid militarization is connected with the fact that the U.S. has a lot of military bases in the region, Dorsey admitted there are other important factors to consider as well, aside from U.S. military bases.
"The bases are all but one factor. What is more important is the sense of being under threat by both the U.S. and Israel, anti-Iranian attitudes in the Gulf," Dorsey said. "Iran will also suffer a setback with the eventual fall of the Assad regime in Syria".
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
For Turkey, unlike other buyers of Iranian oil, the relationship with Iran goes far beyond oil, given their proximity, the issue of the Kurds, Turkish dependency on Iranian national gas and the fallout of potential Israeli strike against Iran, Senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, James M. Dorsey told Trend.
About two weeks ago Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz during his visit to Kuwait said that Turkey's dependence on Iranian oil supplies is greater than other European countries', so Turkey does not intend to give them up.
Yildiz noted that Turkey continues to purchase oil and natural gas from Iran, unless alternative sources are found.
"Indeed, Turkey like other countries needs to find alternative sources," Dorsey said. "I believe that the Obama administration recognizes this".
"Turkey like its position on Syria has insisted that it would only act on the basis of international legitimacy, meaning a UN Security Council resolution rather than a US-led group of countries," Dorsey noted, referring to the sanctions imposed on Iran from the West.
Dorsey underscored that Turkey is not the only country that takes that position and is unlikely to change it unforeseen circumstances excluded.
On January 23, EU Foreign Ministers met in Belgium and approved new sanctions against Iran aimed at banning member countries from importing Iranian crude oil and carrying out transactions with Islamic Republic's central bank.