According to some fee based Azerbaijani web site, a copper mine has been discovered inside Iran's west Azerbaijani province with over 600 thousand tons. Of course, we all know that anywhere an Azerbaijani lives should be part of Azerbaijan. In fact, there is a movement in Azerbaijan to call themselves "North Azerbaijan" to differentiate itself from "Southern Azerbaijan" which is being 'occupied' by the Iranians. For their part, the Iranians claim that the entirety of Azerbaijan was ceded by them to the Russian empire back in the 19th century, and it is time for it to return to the motherland. Unfortunately for the Iranians, most of their Azerbaijani population lives around the Caspian sea. If these territories were to be handed over to Baku, Iran would lose its access to the sea and untold treasure in terms of oil and natural gas.
Let's just say that whatever other mineral riches might be there would be nothing more than icing on the cake. Hence, whatever the claims Azerbaijan might have on Nagorno-Karabahk, you can count on Tehran to side with Armenia. Let me give you an example: Suppose their is a colony of Mexicans living in Guatemala, and the Mexican government wants to annex part of Guatemala because of this. At the same time, they are considering calling themselves "Southern Mexico." "Northern Mexico" is the southwest US. Washington would certainly support the Guatemalans in their border dispute.
Well, I think I covered a very large topic quite succinctly! I'm a busy man, don't you you?
Monday saw another accusation by Azerbaijan that Armenia had violated the ceasefire by firing on Azeri troops once again. This will get repetitive, but eventually, one of these incidents will make world headlines.