Iranian Nuclear Aspirations and the Middle East Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Iranian Nuclear Aspirations and the Middle East
The paper examines the effect of Iran's perceived attempt to develop nuclear weapons capability on the stability of the Middle East.
# 112604 | 1,622 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2009

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Since 2000, much attention has been given to Iran's nuclear aspirations. Many nations, including the United States, have accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons. Despite denials and promises of only seeking nuclear power for peaceful purposes, Iran is still under suspicion. This paper examines the factors that, in the opinion of the paper's author, influenced the present situation and the effects that even the suspicion that Iran was developing nuclear weapons capability could have on the Middle East and the rest of the world.

From the Paper:

"Due to the critical risk involved with this potential crisis, it is imperative that we first examine how the present situation came to be. After September 11th it was clear that "Iran was no friend of the Taleban regime, and [even] offered American forces operating in Afghanistan assistance", but with the United States assertion on the "War on Terrorism" Iran soon was seen as a threat by the Bush administration (Dunn 22). In fact the Bush administration has gone so far as to claim ,in the latest version of The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, that "We may face no greater challenge from a single country than from Iran" (20). The allegations however did not stop there; in 2002 the United States accused Iran of efforts to assemble weapons of mass destruction. Shortly after, a very tightly connected chain of events followed which only created more tensions in the situation. June 2003, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency declared that "Iran failed to report certain nuclear materials and activities" (ElBaradei par.1). Despite latter reports from ElBaradei stating that Iran had not breached any part of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and no evidence was found of build nuclear weapons the United States in early 2004 once again claimed that Iran's intentions were to produce weapons-grade uranium. After months of firing back and forth between the United States and Iran, the UN finally stepped back in releasing a report indicating that "All the declared nuclear material in Iran has been accounted for, and therefore such material is not diverted to prohibited activities" (UN probe par 5). After resuming converting uranium in some facilities, Iran issued a fatwa or "holy order" forbidding production of nuclear weapons. Questioning the genuineness of such an order the United States still doubts the need for nuclear energy by Iran and its true motivations. As a result of basically not trusting the Iranian government, the United States "Argues that because of its past deceptions Iran no longer has any right to such a civil nuclear program" (Dunn 26). The United States skepticism is truly justified due to the enormous impacts a nuclear armed Iran would have on not only the Middle East but the entire world."

Sample of Sources Used:

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