Could Iran become a nuclear threat?

by JordanL on February 3, 2014 - 3:08am

Nuclear weapons have been the source of many conflicts over the past 50 years. Recently, there has been reports that Iran is trying to create their own atomic bombs despite the fact that they do not have the right to do so. Other countries are desperately trying to negotiate with the government and convince them to abandon their program. John Kerry, the United States Secretary of State, is currently discussing with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in hope of finding a middle ground. Meanwhile, the United States and the European Union are imposing sanctions on the country. Iran has also been accused by Senator John McCain of cheating, arguing that it is not the first time they have tried to deceive the rest of the world. Finally, it is unknown how long the negotiations will last and if they will end without sparking a conflict.

Of course, even if Iran succeeds in creating nuclear weapons, the country would most likely never use them. It would be unwise to risk causing a nuclear war that could potentially destroy our planet. My guess is that those weapons would be used as a leverage but I cannot be sure. The only thing I know is that our best move should be to create a petition asking for the disarmament of those bombs in hope of putting an end to that threat. Maybe then someone would finally listen to the people and stop this madness.

The link to the original article can be found below.

"U.S. and Iran meet to discuss final nuclear accord" by Adrian Croft and Alexandra Hudson on February 2nd, 2014

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/02/us-iran-idUSBREA1104C20140202

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The subject of nuclear proliferation is always one that frightens and it is good to see posts like this address a topic that fraught with both confusion and hypocrisy.

A little more than 50 years ago, John F. Kennedy, then President of the United States, held off against the Soviet Union in a tense nuclear showdown that we now know as being the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’. After two weeks, the confrontation ended with Kennedy calling the Russians’ attention to a compromise known as MAD, which is an acronym for Mutually Assured Destruction (i.e. if either side strikes, both sides will face utter destruction). To this day, the principle of MAD still stands, and nuclear weapons have been merely relegated to a powerful deterrent no one truly wants to use.

The situation in Iran is complex and it is one worth discussing, considering the geo-political ramifications that the situation can have. Iran has continually stated that their uranium enrichment facilities are not for the production of a nuclear stockpile, but these claims are indeed doubtful considering the regime’s inflammatory relationship with Israel, and its overall importance within the Middle Eastern region. What is important to keep in mind is that we should work on forming a nuance between Iran, the republic governed by hardliners, and Iran the country that is populated by millions of people. With that said, diplomacy is the needed route to coming to agreement with Iran’s nuclear program. I agree that petitions would be useful, but only if they are focused on conveying a message to western governments to stop continually threatening Iran with sanctions in order to guarantee more co-operative talks. Of course, I'm not partaking in the opinion that Iran is a wholly trustworthy country as well.

The possibility of a bridge being formed between the Iranian people and the West is promising, and I recommend the reading of a Q&A between religious scholar Reza Aslan and Ploughshares Fund president, Joe Cirincione, to gain more of an "insider's" view of the nuclear talks.

Link to Q&A: http://www.ploughshares.org/blog/2013-12-06/reza-aslan-casts-light-iran

This post caught my attention because this is a very important topic to me. I plan on working in the department of homeland security, so any topic concerning the security of the United States is of great interest to me. I really enjoyed reading this post because it sheds light on how close one of our major enemies is to obtaining nuclear weapons. However, you can further elaborate on certain details of the article. It would be nice to include when Iran began creating these weapons, if that information can be found, and elaborating on what they might do with these nuclear weapons. Would the weapons fall into the hands of terrorist groups? Is that a possibility?
This topic on Iran and nuclear weapons is a sensitive topic to Americans due to 9/11, the decade long war, and the fact that we know the damage an atomic bomb can inflict. If Iran is able to create atomic bombs it will cause great pandemonium for the United States as well as many other countries. If Iran ends up creating them, how many more countries will follow in Iran’s footsteps? Will it create another cold war, and if it does, this time will we be able to keep from the brink of war? Also you should include what would happen if Iran obtained atomic bombs.

This post caught my attention because this is a very important topic to me. I plan on working in the department of homeland security, so any topic concerning the security of the United States is of great interest to me. I really enjoyed reading this post because it sheds light on how close one of our major enemies is to obtaining nuclear weapons. However, you can further elaborate on certain details of the article. It would be nice to include when Iran began creating these weapons, if that information can be found, and elaborating on what they might do with these nuclear weapons. Would the weapons fall into the hands of terrorist groups? Is that a possibility?
This topic on Iran and nuclear weapons is a sensitive topic to Americans due to 9/11, the decade long war, and the fact that we know the damage an atomic bomb can inflict. If Iran is able to create atomic bombs it will cause great pandemonium for the United States as well as many other countries. If Iran ends up creating them, how many more countries will follow in Iran’s footsteps? Will it create another cold war, and if it does, this time will we be able to keep from the brink of war? Also you should include what would happen if Iran obtained atomic bombs.

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