“Unless Beijing and Teheran divert from their current course of action, or Washington undertakes actions to offset or counterbalance the effects of their military buildups, it is practically certain that the cost incurred by the U.S. military to maintain access to two areas of vital interest will rise sharply, perhaps to prohibitive levels, and perhaps much sooner than many expect,” the report, titled “Questions For Strategy, Requirements For Military Forces,” said.
The report said Iran also purchased the M-11 short-range ballistic missile from China. The M-11 was designed to carry a nuclear warhead.
“Between 1995 and 2010, Iran increased the number of missiles it possessed from several hundred to an estimated 1,000,” the report said. “Simultaneously, the Iranian missile program fielded increasingly more-sophisticated missiles, with particular emphasis on technical efficiency and range.”
Full article: Report: China’s arming of Iran poses threat to U.S. Navy in Gulf (World Tribune)