Friday, May 26, 2006

Iran Sees Global, Anti-U.S. Entente: Russia, China, India . . .

Iran aims to form an axis of powerful nations against the United States. Officials said Iran has sought to recruit a coalition that would oppose U.S. interests in the Middle East and Central Asia. They said the alliance would include nuclear powers. "China, Russia, India and Iran are capable of establishing a pole of major powers in Asia, opposing the policies of America," Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi said.

Addressing the heads of the Basij militia in Teheran on May 9, Safavi said Iran could forge an international alliance to foil U.S. interests. The general envisioned a clash of such an axis with the United States and its allies. READ MORE

"The current century is going to be the century of the nations overcoming the dictatorial and dependent governments," Safavi said. "It will be the era of face to face clash with the global arrogance."

Officials said Iran has also sought to recruit other countries into the emerging coalition. They cited Venezuela, a leading energy producer whose president has become a gadfly of Washington.

Safavi said Iran has become a leading player in the international community. He cited its place in the energy market, strategic programs as well as alliances with such nuclear powers as China, India and Russia.

"In the last 27 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been at the center point of the political, economic and even military confrontations of the West, and at the present, Islamic Iran enjoys the role of a geo-political heavyweight in the region," Safavi said.