Iran Becomes Greater WMD Threat Than Saddam’s Iraq

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Iran may be closer to having nuclear weapons than the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, according to an article in the current issue of News Informant. Discoveries by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and certain admissions by the Iranian government lead officials in the United States and Israel to believe that Iran is not far from developing one or more nuclear weapons. The U.S. and Israel want the IAEA to push the matter to the UN Security Council immediately. The IAEA has given Iran a deadline of November 25th to comply with the demands of a recent IAEA report. However, the leaders of this Islamic theocracy have balked at this. And it is not clear, even if there is agreement by the international community, what can be done to stop Iran from moving forward with its program.

Chicago, IL (PRWeb) October 1, 2004 – An article entitled “Iran May Be Next To Go Nuclear” in the September 27, 2004 issue of the weekly web magazine News Informant poses the dilemma of what the international community can do to prevent yet another country, Iran, from becoming a member of the nuclear weapons club. A recent report by the IAEA questioned several discoveries concerning Iran’s nuclear program. The IAEA has found, in several places in Iran, traces of a gas formed by the enrichment of uranium, a step normally taken only when enriching for nuclear weapons grade uranium. They have also identified a second centrifuge, unreported by the Iranians, that can be used to produce weapons-grade uranium. This would be a violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to which Iran is a signatory.

The report, authored by IAEA head, Mohamed ElBaradei, asks that Iran explain these findings to its satisfaction, and that it suspend its nuclear program until it satisfies IAEA demands. The U.S. and Israel requested that the issue be immediately sent to the UN Security Council for resolution. “The United States and Israel believe that Iran already has already produced weapons-grade uranium, or is no the verge of it,” says News Informant editor, Bernard Perlstein. “Iran’s lack of transparency in its nuclear program, the evidence of equipment and by-products related to weapons-grade enrichment of uranium, and even some of the Iranian government’s own admissions lend credence to this possibility,” he adds.

The IAEA selected a less drastic response to its concerns about the Iranian nuclear program. It has given Iran another deadline, November 25, to comply with the demands listed in its report. Iran’s immediate response, however, was to refuse compliance. The Iranian government insists that it is only enriching uranium for nuclear energy, not a weapon, which is allowed under the NPT.

As the News Informant article clarifies, Iran has several reasons for taking this approach. “Iran completed parliamentary elections last spring in which reformers were banned from running,” Mr. Perlstein commented. “The regime feels stronger and has backing for its hardline stand.”

There is also the international situation. “They see the U.S. military bogged down in Iraq, so it would be hard to change the focus to Iran,” Mr. Perlstein explained. “And getting the international community to agree to an economic embargo of this large oil producing country is unlikely, with oil prices at almost $50 a barrel.”

The News Informant article explains the difficult options ahead, if the world is going to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons.

The News Informant article in its entirety, and its sources, can be found on the web at: http://www.newsinformant.com/2004_09_27/foreign_relations.php#000814. A free registration is required to view the article.

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About News Informant:

News Informant, a publication of News Informant Inc., is a weekly electronic magazine focusing on news analysis of important domestic and global issues that are not sufficiently covered by the U.S. media. The magazine uses respected worldwide online source material to render original information and perspectives. The periodical follows the slogan, “It’s Not Just the News – It’s What’s Behind the News.”

News Informant, founded in 2003, was the brainchild of Bernard Perlstein, who believed that broadcast and electronic journalism too often focused on the excitement of immediate events, to the detriment of analysis of causes and possible solutions.

The magazine is the premier electronic source for news analysis on issues significant to U.S. residents. Making use of features that can only efficiently be provided through the Internet, the magazine, in addition to articles, provides immediate links to additional sources of information concerning the topic at hand.

About Bernard Perlstein:

Bernard Perlstein, founder and editor of News Informant, as well as regular contributor, has had a life-long interest in what is known in the social sciences as “political economy.” Mr. Perlstein established this magazine in order to provide, “the depth of coverage of the vital political, economic and social issues, in a concise format geared for the information age.” His specialties are in Politics, Economics and Foreign Relations. Mr. Perlstein majored in Government and minored in Economics at Oberlin College. He earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from De Paul University.

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