Iran continues to harass a variety of international ships in the Persian Gulf. According to the Pentagon, Iran is one misstep from igniting a regional war.
Given Iran’s military alliance with China, any regional war between Iran and the West would almost certainly bring in China, thus leading to World War 3.
Iran’s latest provocations in the Persian Gulf were against a US amphibious destroyer. The IRCG used an attack helicopter in international waters, which is a severe heightening of tensions. Over the last number of years, Iran has attacked or harassed Israeli shipping vessels and US military assets.
The West and Iran are set to go back to the negotiating table on November 29th over the Iranian nuclear program. Most experts believe that these attacks are more about extortion than anything else.