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Iran, the U.S. and the Strait of Hormuz Crisis


By George Friedman

The United States reportedly sent a letter to Iran via multiple intermediaries last week warning Tehran that any attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz constituted a red line for Washington. The same week, a chemist associated with Iran’s nuclear program was killed in Tehran. In Ankara, Iranian parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani met with Turkish officials and has been floating hints of flexibility in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

This week, a routine rotation of U.S. aircraft carriers is taking place in the Middle East, with the potential for three carrier strike groups to be on station in the U.S. Fifth Fleet’s area of operations and a fourth carrier strike group based in Japan about a week’s transit from the region. Next week, Gen. Michael Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will travel to Israel to meet with senior Israeli officials. And Iran is scheduling another set of war games in the Persian Gulf for February that will focus on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ irregular tactics for closing the Strait of Hormuz. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Iran closer to developing nuclear bombs’ Russia warns

Dmitry Medvedev has adopted a tougher line on Iran in recent months

“Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says Iran is “moving closer” to having the potential to create nuclear weapons.

Russia, which has strong economic and military ties with Iran, has traditionally been an ally of Tehran.

“Iran is moving closer to possessing the potential which in principle could be used for the creation of nuclear weapons,” Mr Medvedev told a meeting of ambassadors in Moscow.”

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