Accession Number:

ADA499028

Title:

Iran's Nuclear Program: Energy or Weapons?

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-02-19

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

Claims by Iran that its current nuclear program is aimed at providing an additional energy resource to be used for peaceful purposes is not supported by their actions. Iran presents a threat to the Middle East region and the security of the United States, according to the 2006 staff report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence under the U.S. House of Representatives. This is due to Irans past and current activities involving threatening statements made by President Ahmadinejad, covert advances in its nuclear program, support of various terrorist organizations, and resistance to international negotiations concerning these activities. Iran has deliberately concealed its uranium enrichment program disregarding its agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, in pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability. Iran also possesses additional capabilities that threaten regional and international security to include its offensive chemical weapons research and development, biological weapons program, and the fact that it has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East. This last capability, coupled with the others, presents a serious threat to the region. In addition, Irans continuing support of terrorist organizations, including the ongoing insurgency in Iraq with funding, training, and weapons is not reflective of the actions of a peaceful nation. On the subject of nuclear weapons, Irans willingness to endure international condemnation, isolation, and economical disruptions in order to carry out nuclear activities covertly, indicates Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Engineering
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE