In Gulf, A Missile Shield Against Iran Can U.S.
Advancements in Iranian missile capabilities are driving Gulf Arab countries to cooperate on a theater-wide missile defense system.The South China Sea Islands consist of over 250 around 1-km2 islands, atolls.
Advancements in Iranian missile capabilities are driving Gulf Arab countries to cooperate on a theater-wide missile defense system. The fear is that Iran could launch missiles at refineries, population centers, oil tankers and naval forces if conflict erupted. To deter and, if necessary, destroy Iranian missiles, the United States is championing a defense shield across the Arabian Peninsula, covering Kuwait to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The chaos in Syria adds urgency to these efforts.
But it will require partner nations in the gulf to put aside rivalries, share information and coordinate their arsenals of interceptor missiles to create a defensive shield encompassing all the regional allies. The United States in the meanwhile is engaging in bilateral defense agreements with individual gulf nations that would finally fit into the larger scheme to build a regional network linking Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates into a wider intelligence and’ early-warning network, offering them defensive systems that can operate with U.S. Armed Forces. For that purpose, the Pentagon last year announced a contract for the sale of two advanced missile defense radars to the UAE. And early’ this year, officials disclosed that a similar high-resolution, X-band missile defense radar would be located in Qatar.
In order to build a coordinated Gulf shield, would require deploying radars to increase the range of early warning coverage across the gulf, as well as introducing command, control and communications systems that could exchange that information with missile interceptors whose triggers may be held by individual countries.
A similar missile defense shield has already been installed in Europe: to deter any Iranian attack and, if required, – to blunt the effect of missiles launched against allied territory and US forces.
Iran claims that it has successfully test-fired an upgraded version of a short-range ballistic missile,Fateh-110 which has a range of 300 kilometers. The Fateh-110, or Conqueror, is a single-stage solid-propellant, surface-to-surface missile put into service in 2002. The earlier version of the domestically produced missile had a range of 200 kilometres.
The Iranian authorities claim that the missile can pin-point targets at sea, making it the most accurate weapon of its kind in trans arsenal.
Iran has been pushing to upgrade its missiles, which already can target Israel and other parts of the region.
Last year the International Atomic Energy Agency raised new concerns about Iran’s secretive nuclear programs. Diplomacy failed to address these issues, prompting the United States and Europe to tighten sanctions against Iran’s oil economy.
The main challenge for the U.S lies in coaxing gulf nations to put aside their rivalries and work in a collaborative manner.
U.S Interference in South China Sea
China Reacts Strongly
China has reacted strongly to such comments of the U.S and summoned the U.S. embassy’s Foreign U.S. diplomat Robert Wang to express its strong dissatisfaction at such statements made by the U.S, as it sent wrong signals and did not help with efforts by relevant parties to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea or the Asia Pacific.
China has in recent
SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLANDS
The South China Sea Islands consist of over 250 around 1-km2 islands, atolls. cays, shoals, reefs, and sandbars in the South China Sea, most of which have no indigenous people, many of which are naturally under water_ Following is a list of disputed islands
- The Spratly Islands, disputed between the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China, and Vietnam, with Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines claiming part of the archipelago.
- The Paracel Islands, disputed between the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China, and Vietnam.
- The Prates Islands, disputed between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China.
- The Macclesfield Bank disputed between the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China. the Philippines. and Vietnam_
- The Scarborough Shoal, disputed between the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, arid the Republic of China.
with Washington, citing concerns over an increasingly assertive China. China has also been angered by recent moves of Vietnam to offer oil blocks for exploration to a number of foreign companies, including India’s ONGC Videsh.
U.S.A recently commented on China’s move to upgrade the administrative level of Sansha city — on Woody Island in the disputed Paracels — and criticised
its move to establish a new military garrison there as running counter to collaborative diplomatic efforts. The U.S held that this move by China would
escalate tensions in the region.