Wars and rumors of war? International eyes are on Iran.
On November 7, 2011 At 8:21 pm
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a UN watchdog, is releasing a detailed report this week indicating that Iran is developing a nuclear enrichment program.
Parts of the report have already been leaked, indicating that the IAEA has evidence that Tehran has been working on its ability to create an atomic bomb. Iran has denied this claim.
Russia Today reports that according to some reports, the United Kingdom, the United States and Israel are preparing for a potential war with Iran. While other countries are talking about sanctions, Israel is suggesting a possible military strike. Russia and China say that an attack is a very bad idea. Serbey Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister, says that such a move would "have very grave consequences."
Iran is not the first country in the Middle East to obtain nuclear power.
Ivan Eland, senior fellow at The Independent Institute, joined Russia Today to discuss the allegations. Iran might have the capability to build a nuclear weapon, he said, but that does not necessary mean that it is building a weapon. He said that the nuclear facility is being located deep in a mountain near the holy city of Qom, which is what is generating the fears in the west because if moved into the mountain, it could not be destroyed with bunker busters. With the facility hidden in the mountain, it will not be known exactly what is being developed.
There are rumors that Iran had foreign help in developing its nuclear weapon capability.
World leaders are talking about imposing sanctions upon Iran — an idea that Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said is not a good idea. Israel is making the strongest threats. Israel has 200-400 nuclear weapons.
Eland did not believe that Iran, if it could develop a capable nuclear bomb, would use it hastily. Iran is in a weak position due to the Arab Spring and is susceptible to international pressure.
Historically, President Lyndon B. Johnson had to deal with a similar situation with China.