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Marine Corps General Kenneth F McKenzie Jr detailed a number of threats from Iran during a meeting at a Middle East Institute webinar called “Centcom and the Shifting Sands of the Middle East”. He outlined six threats from Iran.
He said during the webinar: “Iran actively stokes instability and is intent on degrading security all over the region.
“They use proxies and violence to push other nations in the region to their agenda.”
According to Defense News, Mr McKenzie claimed Iran were funding and arming terrorist organisations, propping up the “murderous regime” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
He also said Iran had been providing advanced weapons to rebels in Yemen and directed attacks on oil tankers and US troops in Iraq.
Back in January, Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was killed by a US air missile which sparked concerns of a World War 3 outbreak.
And Mr McKenzie believes the death of Mr Soleimani shocked Iranians and said: “They see we have the will to act.”
The US State Department is reportedly putting pressure on Iranian leaders both diplomatically and through sanctions to make them renounce their nuclear ambitions.
They are also calling for Iran to cease work on ballistic missiles as well as exporting terrorism against neighbours, Mr McKenzie claimed.
Mr McKenzie also claimed terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaida still plan to attack the US.
According to reports, China and Russia are also involved in the region and Mr McKenzie claimed they are trying to use economic leverage to make their influence felt.
Fears of a World War 3 outbreak were ignited across the globe just days into 2020 and as tensions continue to rise between world leaders, fears of war outbreak continue.
Last month, US President Donald Trump ignited concerns of an outbreak of war after he vetoed the Iran War Powers resolution.
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This stoke fears that he could be planning a military campaign against the Islamic Republic in the run-up to the presidential elections in November.
The resolution was passed by both Houses of Congress in a bipartisan bid to limit the president’s power to use military force against Iran without congressional approval.
Mr Trump blasted the resolution and argued it was “based on misunderstandings of facts and law”.
In a statement, he said: “This was a very insulting resolution, introduced by Democrats as part of a strategy to win an election on November 3 by dividing the Republican Party.
“The few Republicans who voted for it played right into their hands.”
Mr Trump has also increased tensions between China and the US after continuously blaming them for the outbreak of COVID-19.
The US President also caused friction in North Korea after demanding the country “not only their nuclear programme but also their chemical and biological weapons”.
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was reported to be moving ahead at full speed with his nuclear weapons programme, according to analysis of new satellite photos.
The Supreme Leader is racing to construct a giant storage and assembly area for his lethal nuclear ballistic missiles, according to South Korea news website Daily NK.
The new base is being constructed on the site of an abandoned underground storage area, that was built in the 1980s to shelter and protect fighter planes.
The US President has met three times with the North Korean dictator, once each in Singapore, Hanoi and in the demilitarised zone between the two Korea’s.
The talks are currently deadlocked, after neither side appeared ready to compromise on their respective agendas.
Kim has suggested initiating a series of small steps to build trust and has offered to shut down his nuclear plant at Yongbyon in return for the partial easing of sanctions, a proposal rejected by the US president.
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