The nuclear standoff in the Middle East

The dialogue between the west and Israel continues on methods of containing Iranian Nuclear ambitions. President Barack Obama has appealed once again to Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to allow sanctions imposed on Iran to some time to work on curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Israel is at present the only openly nuclear armed country in the middle east, Iran also has nuclear technology which it says it is using for peaceful purposes such as generating electricity.  There is much speculation about Iran’s ambitions towards nuclear armament in the west with Iran adamant that its nuclear program is peaceful and Israel and a few other countries suspicious that that is not the whole truth.

Thought there is no concrete evidence that Iran has nuclear weapons, it has been enriching uranium, and in November 2011 weapons inspectors from the United Nations indicated that they felt that Iran was on its way to getting nuclear weapons and the International Atomic Energy Agency released some evidence that it feels makes a strong case that Iran is developing a nuclear device. This resulted in the imposition of sanctions against Iran to try to stop a military angle to their nuclear program.

US Appeals to the World Community to maintain pressure on Iran

The US feels that the best way to prevent Iran’s nuclear weapon aspirations is to keep it under pressure through globally supported tough economic sanctions, though US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta did not a military response as a last recourse while speaking with Airmen in Germany.

Mr. Panetta was responding to speculation about Israel or the US’s possible military strikes against suspected nuclear facilities in Iran. Iran has long been developing nuclear capabilities and has always claimed that these were for peaceful purposes such as nuclear power. In November 2011 the IAEA published a report stating that it now feels that Iran is performing research and experiments that are geared towards developing Nuclear weapons capability. Its report details the country’s detonator development, the multiple-point initiation of high explosives, and experiments involving nuclear payload integration into a missile delivery vehicle. Iran on its part has accused the IAEA of pro western bias and has said that it will reduce cooperation with it in future.

 

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