Iran Navy’s Plan To Establish A Military Presence In Antarctica Sparks Global Concerns

Iran’s Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, announced plans to establish a military presence in Antarctica and claimed the country’s rightful possession of the continent in a provocative statement that has caused instability around the globe. The statement during a television show sparked discussions over treaty violations, territorial claims, and its implications for international security. Irani stated that they have property rights in the South Pole, intending to fly their flag there and conduct military and scientific research, defying the Antarctic Treaty of 1959.

As per the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Irani’s remarks shocked people worldwide. Twelve initial consultative nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and others, signed the Antarctic Treaty, which states that Antarctica can only be used for peaceful and scientific purposes. Iran’s strong claim raises questions about the possible militarisation of the area in addition to contradicting this fundamental accord.

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In response to Iran’s bold claim, the United States responded swiftly. A U.S. State Department spokesman firmly denied such plans When asked whether Tehran would use unfrozen funds to build an Antarctic station. The representative replied, “No,” underlining that Iranian funds kept in Qatar may only be used for humanitarian needs, such as buying food, medicine, and agricultural goods.

However, Iran’s hostile approach, as demonstrated by its support for militant organisations and proxy conflicts, has raised concerns about its genuine objectives. Critics claim recent events as proof of Tehran’s contempt for international peace and norms, including attacks in the Middle East and abroad that have Iranian support.

The Biden administration’s $6 billion in assets from Iran have drawn further attention and criticism. President Ebrahim Raisi assured that the money would be used for vital purposes. However, there are still worries that Iran would try to use these resources to further its strategic objectives, which include its ambitions in Antarctica.

Yonah, Author of “Target Tehran” and senior military and intelligence expert for the Jerusalem Post, Jeremy Bob, cautioned against underestimating the seriousness of Iran’s Antarctic aspirations. Bob stated, “Iran’s plans to extend its military presence and influence into Antarctica not only violate international agreements, but they also carry on the regime’s global aggressiveness.”

While some experts point out that the Antarctic Treaty forbids new territory claims, others warn against complacency and contend that Iran’s claims have no legal basis. Retired U.S. Navy Intelligence Commander Jennifer Dyer stressed that although Iran’s efforts are not officially recognised, they may be a security issue.

Reference: Livemint, NYPost

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