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Iran-Canada/U.S. tension

2012-01-26

Queen’s University Middle East expert Houchang Hassan-Yari is available to talk about the growing tension between Canada/U.S. and Iran.

Yesterday Stephen Harper said Iran is the most serious threat to world peace, while Iran has test fired cruise missiles and threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz (one of the busiest oil shipping routes in the world).

Dr. Hassan-Yari, a fellow in the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s, feels Iran is talking a big game but it doesn’t have the military power to back up its threats.

“The Iranians talk more than they can deliver. They use a lot of rhetoric but the reality is that they are not as militarily strong as they try to portray. What they try to do is to invite Americans and others who might want to attack them to think twice before doing it because Iran has some capability,” said Dr. Hassan-Yari.

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