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.


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