WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- START's ratification allows the U.S., Russia, and the world to focus on rogue nuclear states like Iran.
In an OpEdNews article today, "Iran: Nuclear weapons or Peaceful Energy?" ex-White House staffer, Robert Weiner and national security analyst, James Lewis offer a primer of criteria to know if Iran is developing weapons: "According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nuclear Supplier Group, reactor fuel is enriched, a process that increases the amount of reactive material up to 6% -- while weapons-grade is enriched 90%."
Weiner and Lewis assert that the mainstream media miss a key point: "During a May, 2010 speech, Ahmadinejad asked why Iran should be perceived as the bad guy: He asked why should the West and other countries should have 'more than 20,000 nuclear warheads worldwide' and then blame Iran, which has 'none.' Regrettably, the government of the United States has not only used nuclear weapons, but continues to threaten to use such weapons against other countries, including Iran." Weiner and Lewis point out, "If we want to understand his position and argue successfully against it, we have to recognize the basis of his political point."
"However, given that Iran borders a nuclear Pakistan, Iranian nuclear ambition seems likely. Any Iranian nuclear weapons development could trigger a nuclear arms race among jealous neighbors including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The U.S. believes that Iran is now developing advanced missile technologies with the assistance of North Korea…These advances and further cooperation have increased the range and accuracy of Iran's Shahab missile program capable of delivering nuclear warheads."
Weiner and Lewis offer Ahmadinejad a way out of the world's perception of burgeoning nuclear state: "Simply by allowing inspections. Otherwise, the same threats we made and implemented against Iraq could become the basis of growing public opinion which will be used against Iran and Ahmadinejad. We assume, however, he likes his job and does not want to spend six months in a hole before his execution is posted on YouTube, right or wrong."
Contact: Bob Weiner/Gavriel Swerling 301-283-0821 or 202-306-1200
SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates