The Pendleton Panther

Iran Unlikely To Remain Nuclearly Incapable for Long

Posted on: May 6, 2010

The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, recently attended a nuclear nonproliferation summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York.  Both President Obama and George W. Bush before him view Iran gaining nuclear capabilities as unacceptable, but the U.S. may have to be willing to meet Ahmadinejad halfway.  Ahmadenijad has asserted time and time again his opposition to nuclear weapons and any creation thereof, calling them “disgusting and shameful,” and claims that Iran seeks only to create for themselves nuclear power plants.  However, he has not yet earned the trust that others at the summit have.  Nevertheless, a nuclear capable Iran may be a very real possibility as new methods of processing the fuels required means that any nation with access to eve recyclable plutonium could split an atom, hypothetically.  Iran has already centrifuges for creating enriched uranium, so there is little hope for Iran to fall off of the atomic list.  Realizing that total removal of all materials that could possibly be used in a nuclear weapon would be impractical, the Obama administration is hard at work drafting a new set of sanctions that will require Iran’s full cooperation in all things nuclear.

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