Iran Declares Antarctica Their ‘Property’ In Direct Challenge To Biden, Global Treaty

In a notable statement made last fall and broadcasted on television, Iran’s Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, declared the country’s aspirations to establish a presence in Antarctica. According to translations by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) based in Washington D.C., Irani claimed, “We have property rights in the South Pole. We plan to raise our flag there and conduct both military and scientific operations.” This announcement has reignited discussions about Iran’s military ambitions on a global scale.

The context of Irani’s bold assertion coincides with escalating tensions due to actions attributed to Iranian-backed militias, including the tragic killing of three U.S. soldiers in Jordan last month. These developments have led to renewed scrutiny of Iran’s international posture and intentions.

In light of these events, Fox News Digital sought clarification from a U.S. State Department spokesperson regarding the potential use of $6 billion in Iranian assets recently unfrozen by the U.S. and held in Qatar. The spokesperson emphasized, “Iran’s funds held in Qatar are restricted to purchasing humanitarian goods, including food, medicine, medical devices, and agricultural products. They may not be utilized for any activities in Antarctica.”

Despite international regulations that govern the use and militarization of Antarctic territories, Iran’s announced plans have raised alarms about the regime’s aggressive stance and ambitions extending beyond its regional influence in the Middle East. Admiral Irani’s remarks come amidst increasing concern over Iran’s actions, which some observers interpret as a growing provocation.

Internationally, the Biden Administration came under fire for releasing the mentioned $6 billion to Iran, a move critics argue could indirectly fuel the regime’s controversial activities. The funds’ release preceded a grievous attack by the Iran-backed group Hamas, resulting in substantial loss of life, including over 30 Americans, in southern Israel on October 7.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, previously sanctioned by the Trump administration for his involvement in the repression of dissent within his country, responded defiantly to international criticisms concerning the allocation of the newly accessible funds. Raisi asserted that Iran “will use the massive cash infusion wherever we need it,” signaling a potential disregard for the limitations imposed by the international community on the use of these funds.

As Iran hints at expanding its military reach to the Antarctic, experts like Yonah Jeremy Bob, a senior military and intelligence analyst at the Jerusalem Post and author of “Target Tehran,” warns that such moves could breach multilateral agreements and further evidence the regime’s aggressive global strategy.