From nuclear power to Africa: Iran's dangerous ambitions

Iran's international maneuvers are becoming increasingly worrying. A first aspect to consider is that of its nuclear ambitions. In recent days, Tehran has strengthened its ties with rather dangerous countries in possession of a nuclear arsenal, such as Pakistan and North Korea. The Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, first went to Islamabad to start a phase of détente with Pakistan after a period of significant turbulence. Additionally, a North Korean delegation traveled to Iran on Wednesday. These movements must be connected to the fact that, in mid-April, the Washington Post had reported that Tehran was now one step away from the atomic bomb. Not only. A few days ago, the same IAEA leaders announced that the Khomeinist regime could gain possession of the quantity of enriched uranium necessary to create the nuclear device within a few weeks.

But it didn't end here. The ayatollahs' activism also continues to concern the African continent. According to the Iranian news agency IRNA, the second edition of the International Iran-Africa Economic Conference has just taken place in Tehran: a sign that the Khomeinist regime aims to intensify its influence on the area. This is nothing new, however. In January, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Mokhber had a meeting with Niger's Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine. On the occasion, harsh criticism of Western sanctions was expressed. It was also last March, when Tehran hoped for a further strengthening of commercial ties with Burkina Faso. Furthermore, it is no mystery that Russia is progressively consolidating its long hand over the Sahel: Russia which is a close ally of Iran.

What makes the situation even more disturbing is the fact that, according to what was reported by the New York Times, the United States would be about to withdraw its soldiers present in Chad: a move, the American one, which came shortly after the farewell of Washington's military to Niger. It must be said that, unlike the Nigerian case, the Pentagon has made it known that it wants to try to relaunch talks on military cooperation with Chad. However, what occurred remains a decidedly alarming sign: let us remember that, in the last two years, Mali, Burkina and Niger have gradually entered Moscow's orbit. Not only. In September, these three countries signed a security pact that provides for mutual military assistance, effectively giving a slap in the face to ECOWAS and France.

Here, all of this must be monitored extremely carefully. Not only is Iran moving on the nuclear level but it is also strengthening its influence on the African continent, starting from the Sahel region: an element that could put NATO's southern flank under pressure.