Iran’s Development of Nuclear Weapons
Topics: Nuclear proliferation, Nuclear weapon, Cold War, International relations, Nuclear power, United States / Pages: 5 (1003 words) / Published: Nov 26th, 2012

Iran’s Development of Nuclear Weapons If Iran were to obtain nuclear bombs, would there be any stopping the irresponsible, irrational country? With the popular foreign policy being one of proliferation fatalism towards Iran’s nuclear development, several countries in the international community question how a nuclear Iran would respond to threats of harsher sanctions. The issue of a nuclear Iran is extremely important, because several international countries worry how a nuclear Iran would affect Middle Eastern relations. These exaggerated perceptions; however, are exactly what is causing the nuclear buildup in Iran. In “How to Keep the Bomb from Iran”, Scott Sagan argues that crippling preemptive actions would not only stop Iranian nuclearization, but ensure international security by removing a potentially unstable threat. The issue with this theory is that it requires war, or some other type of governing body which would increase political tensions between Iran and its surrounding countries, with Israel being the most unstable relationship that would be put in jeopardy. Sagan is wrong in his opinion regarding the allowance of a nuclear Iran, is correct in standing by the principles and threats made to Iran, and is correct in shifting the focus from Iranian regime change to ensuring Iranian security.

Sagan states in his argument that, “Governments typically pursue nuclear power for one of three reasons: to protect themselves against an external security threat, to satisfy the parochial interests of domestic actors, or to acquire an important status symbol” (Sagan 99). With growing accusations against Iranian involvement in supporting terroristic groups, it is easy to condemn any viable means of nuclear power for the state. Israel is believed to have nuclear capabilities, and have displayed their power several times defending themselves. It is this display of power that can be to blame for Iran’s pursuit of nuclear capabilities; the country needs to defend

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