The top US military official warned legislators about the growing cooperation between China, Russia and Iran, warning that Washington would face difficulties from the three countries “for many years to come.”
General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said while speaking before the House Armed Services Committee that Russia and China are moving closer together, calling the development “troublesome.”
“I would not call it a true full alliance in the real meaning of that word, but we are seeing them moving closer together, and that is troublesome,” CNN quoted Milley.
“And then… Iran is the third. So, I think those three countries together will be problematic for many years to come, especially Russia and China, because of their capability,” he added.
The Russia-Ukraine war has increased fears of a confrontation between Moscow and Washington and its allies.
Since the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine war, the US has supported Ukraine with military aid, while Russia has warned that the US’s decision to send more military will “increase the danger of a direct military clash.” reported BBC News.
Earlier, a Russian fighter jet shut down a US air force drone over the Black Sea. This has increased the fear of the West over the confrontation.
Milley added that Chin and Russia have “the means to threaten our interests and our way of life” and mark the first time that the US is “facing two major nuclear powers.”
On the other hand, Iran is also seeking to equip itself with nuclear power, which can be considered a threat to the US allies in the region.
“The United States military has developed multiple options for our national leadership to consider if or when Iran decides to develop a nuclear weapon,” said Milley.