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  • Iran: Still Playing for Time

    On a visit to Prague in April, President Obama stated that nuclear non-proliferation would be a flagship policy of his Administration, with the long-term goal of total nuclear disarmament. If he is serious, then stopping Iran’s relentless ambition to join the club of nuclear weapons states must be a top priority. A nuclear-armed Iran would be not only an existential threat to Israel, but a potential nuclear proliferator throughout the Middle East. Combined with its closeness to Hezbollah (Iran is already the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism), the ramifications are unfathomably chilling.

    Reports on Iran’s latest gambit, demonstrate that the brutal regime in Tehran remains perfectly happy to engage in the same tried-and-failed negotiations that have been tested to destruction and allowed Tehran precious time to advance its nuclear weapons program. Since the constitution of the EU3 in 2003 – with its policy of unfettered diplomatic engagement – the international community has failed to leverage repeated offers of generous incentive packages in exchange for greater cooperation from Tehran. The Iranian presidential elections conducted in June 2009 witnessed the vicious suppression of Iran’s people including mass arrests, politically-motivated beatings and murders, and systematic human rights abuses. These are not the actions of a nation who wants to play by the rules. 

    Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently stated that Tehran has already amassed sufficient enriched uranium to build an atomic bomb if Iran further enriches it to bomb-grade level. The time for light-touch sanctions have clearly passed; the U.S. must now work with the Europeans, Japan and other concerned countries – outside of the UN if necessary – to impose targeted and heavy sanctions immediately. As the largest trading partner with Iran in the EU, Germany would set a powerful example to the rest of Europe by imposing such sanctions in conjunction with the U.S., especially to Italy and France who also have significant economic ties to Tehran. It is time for Germany and Europe to put long-term global stability and security before short-term economic interests.

    Ultimately, sanctions may not be enough to deter Iran from seeking to acquire nuclear weapons, in which case President Obama will be forced to accept either a nuclear-armed Iran or the use of force to disarm Tehran. For the West, the first scenario should be unacceptable; and even if the second is risky, it can not be ruled out.

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    2 Responses to Iran: Still Playing for Time

    1. Jim says:

      OBAMA'S……PLEASE GO AWAY.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Saint Michael Travel says:

      Israel’s nuclear warheads are existential threat to the world, especially Iran. There is a gradual process underway within Israeli military, intelligence and political circles which will lead to war with Iran. The war will either be Israeli or American in origin. There is no dispute that Iran is already a nuclear state. What are USA's options in regard to nuclear- bomb-state Israel? Should Iran not develop nuclear bomb in the future for deterrence against nuclear bomb Israeli state?.

      What are the steps required from Iran to allay USA fear that she would not develop Nuclear Bomb in the future for deterrence against nuclear bomb Israeli state?

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT or NNPT), 1968, is a treaty to limit the spread of nuclear weapons. Among the 189 countries party to the treaty, five nations have nuclear weapons: the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, China and France (also permanent members of the

      UN Security Council).

      Iran singed the NPT. Under this treaty Iran has the rights to enrich uranium, use nuclear byproducts for research, medicine, agriculture and produce nuclear electric power. There is no dispute that Iran is already a nuclear state. The states with this capacity are many; among them are Japan and Germany. Iran does not have any nuclear weapons and according to IAEA is in compliance with the terms of the treaty.

      The treaty requires that the members give up their rights to have nuclear weapons for defense; those who had nuclear weapons and had signed the NPT had agreed to eliminate their nuclear weapons. China, England, France, Russia, and USA had singed the NPT treaty. All these nations are in violation of the NPT.

      I suggest the following three steps to eliminate potential for violation of NPT by Iran and developing nuclear weapon in the future:

      1. Nuclear Fuel Cycle Iranian Consortium:

      USA should join the consortium among others Japan, Germany, France and England to actively monitor the Iranian fuel cycle activity too. IAEA has consistently asserted that the agency could not find any indications that Iran is diverting the fuel cycle for nuclear bomb development. Iran has asserted that their activities are limited to development of fuel for nuclear reactor.

      2. Nuclear Shield

      An international nuclear shield for all nations in the Middle East, including Iran, from nuclear bomb states;

      3. A nuclear- bomb-free Middle East

      This action will remove any pressure from Iran to develop nuclear bomb in the future for deterrence against nuclear bomb Israeli state.

      How did Israel acquire nuclear bomb? French built the Dimona heavy water reactor, trained and installed the facility for processing irradiated fuel to produce weapons-grade nuclear material. French built reactor at Dimona . The financial cost of the facility was paid by Germany.

      Unfortunately

      Israel’s nuclear warheads are existential threat to the Middle Eastern nations, especially Iran. American and Western European nations (France, Germany, England) collusion in their acceptance of Israel’s nuclear arsenal makes them hypocrites. Israeli nuclear bombs is one of the causes for the Middle Eastern regional instability. Our attention has been on nuclear fuel cycle of Iran, and we accepted that Israel had nuclear bombs and has been existential threat to the international peace.

      The Middle East should be the starting point toward a world free of all nuclear bombs.

      Saint Michael Traveler

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