Iran has serious security concerns. These stem from its experiences over the last several decades. In Iran’s perception the West propped up and supported the despotic regime of the Shah under whom Iran and Iranians suffered while its wealth was looted. Iranians take pride in the Islamic revolution that ousted that regime and gave them back their own country. Iran believes that the aggression by Iraq that led to the long Iran-Iraq war and cost over a million Iranian lives was instigated and supported by the West.
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