World View: Iran's Navy Chief Says He Can Sink an American Aircraft Carrier in 50 Seconds

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  • Another terrorist attack on a railway station in China
  • China makes plans for the collapse of North Korea's regime
  • Iran's navy chief says he can sink an American aircraft carrier in 50 seconds

Another terrorist attack on a railway station in China

Six people were injured in a knife attack at a railway station in the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou late Tuesday night. This is the third high-profile attack at a Chinese railway station in a little more than two months. On March 1, several attackers with knives killed 29 civilians and injured another 143 at a railway station in the southwestern city of Junming. And on April 30, three people were killed and 79 injured in a knife attack in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang province in northwestern China, the home of China's mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

As in the previous two cases, the perpetrators in this case are assumed to be terrorists from the Uighur minority. Even though they're using "low-tech" weapons, the Uighur separatists appear to be getting more sophisticated in proving that they can strike at any place and time of their choosing. Some of the most militant separatist Uighurs have been training with jihadist organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As Nato troops pull out of Afghanistan this year, it's likely that many militants fighting there will return to China. Xinhua and Guardian (London)

China makes plans for the collapse of North Korea's regime

Japan's Kyodo news service has obtained documents outlining China's plans in case the North Korea regime collapses. Of special concern is a massive outflow of refugees and military personnel into China. The refugees will be interned in camps, with political or military figures assigned to special camps where they can be watched closely, to prevent them from activities such as directing military activities. However, the document makes no mention of China's military entering North Korea, which would cause a repeat of the 1950s Korean War. Kyodo (Tokyo) and The Diplomat

Iran's navy chief says he can sink an American aircraft carrier in 50 seconds

A couple of weeks ago, Iran announced that it would be running military war games involving attacks on mock-ups of American warships and aircraft carriers, including replica of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. On Monday, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Ali Fadavi announced that their tests have been successful:

Today the Americans and the entire world know that one of our operational goals is destroying US Navy Forces... Aircraft carriers provide US airpower in combat; therefore it is natural that we want to sink them. 


Americans are unaware of many matters. Their research centers analyzed the mock aircraft carrier in a common way. We have been building and sinking mock US destroyers, frigates, and cruisers for years. We sank their models within 50 seconds even with various operational [counter] measures.


We will execute this regarding the mock aircraft carrier as well because destroying, annihilating, and sinking US boats has and will be in our plans.

Fadavi claimed that IRGC speed boats can travel at a top speed of 40 knots, while US vessels are stuck at 31 knots. He added that Iran planned to increase its boats’ speed to 80 knots, which he said was three times the speed of US destroyers.

However, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain says:

Firing weapons at a stationary structure floating on pontoons is not a realistic representation of having the capability to target a 100,000-ton warship... maneuvering at speeds in excess of 30 knots.

AEI Iran Tracker and Military Times/AP

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