A news report available on YouTube has China threatening the West with “World War Three” if they precede with plans to attack Iran who is China’s 2nd largest oil suppier.
According to NDTV, a Chinese news station based outside of China, Major General Zhang Zhaozhong commented that, “China will not hesitate to protect Iran even with a third world war.” The report quotes Professor Xia Ming as paraphrasing Zhaozhong’s quote that, “not hesitating to fight a third world war would be entirely for domestic political needs.” China is staunchly committed to its alliance with Iran , and refused to criticize Iran’s recent student raid on the British Embassy in Tehran.
Both China and Russia have made it clear that they will veto any UN authorization of military action against Iran in the aftermath of claims that Iran is on the verge of developing a nuclear weapon. Recently, three more US warships have been dispatched to join the USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier, already stationed just outside Iranian territorial waters. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has just been deployed from its home port to join the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.in the 5th fleet region. In addition to the USS Carl Vinson’s departure, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and guided-missile destroyer left in the morning, and the USS Halsey will depart at 2 p.m,” reports NBC SanDiego, adding that the ships are headed for the Middle East.
An order from Iranian Gen. Mohammed Ali Jaafari, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, raised the operational readiness status of the country’s forces, initiating preparations for potential external strikes and covert attacks. Western intelligence officials said the Islamic Republic had initiated plans to disperse long-range missiles, high explosives, artillery and guards units to key defensive positions.