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Trump seeking to contain Iran's regional power: Analyst

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with county sheriffs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Iranian people will be responding to US President Donald Trump’s recent anti-Iran threats on the upcoming anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and will show their resentment at hostile policies of the US. Ayatollah Khamenei was responding to US President Donald Trump’s threat against Iran, who said Iran is playing with fire.

The new US president tries to contain Iran because his government is afraid of Iran's power in the Middle East, said Jamal Wakim, a professor at the Lebanese International University from Beirut, on Tuesday.

Trump administration pursues “a global scheme to contain Iran and isolate it from its surrounding [areas] as part of a grand strategy to separate it from China, Wakim added.

Pointing to the United States’ concern about Iran’s power in the Middle East, he noted that “Iran has always played a major role as a bridge that links the East Asia to the East Mediterranean.”

In the near future, the incumbent US administration is going to escalate tensions with Iran in different arenas, he added.

“As part of his global scheme to direct hostile policies towards China, Donald Trump will also adopt hostile policies towards Iran, while trying to mend fences with Russia,” he said.

“The Russians do not agree with Donald Trump regarding Iran,” he said, adding that Russia will not fall into the US trap.

The analyst further touched on Iranian Leader’s reaction to Trump’s threat against the Islamic Republic, saying that Ayatollah Khamenei has cautioned the new US president “not to threaten Iran.”

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