By Seyed Hossein Mousavian / AL Monitor
Iranian soldiers march during a parade marking the country’s Army Day, April 18, 2017, in Tehran. (photo by GETTY/Atta Kenare)
A pervasive perception in US policy circles and among US allies is that Iran seeks hegemony in the Middle East. Israel and other regional states often claim that Iran wishes to “revive the Persian Empire.” While such claims would be dismissed as farcical by any Iranian official, it is important to note that such sentiment lies at the root of the current standoff between Iran, its regional rivals and the United States.
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