Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:44 AM
dipsydoodle (42,239 posts)
Iran nuke unlikely to start Mideast arms race - U.S. report
(Reuters) - Fears that an Iranian nuclear weapon might trigger an atomic arms race across the Middle East are overplayed, a U.S. security thinktank said on Tuesday, arguing that countries like Saudi Arabia face big disincentives against getting the bomb.
Western powers believe Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon under cover of a civilian atomic electricity programme, a charge Tehran denies.
Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, is engaged in a fierce rivalry with Shi'ite power Iran and is seen in Western countries as the most likely Middle Eastern state to seek an atomic weapon if Iran did the same.
Analysts have also said an Iranian nuclear weapons capability might persuade Egypt and Turkey to seek a bomb too.
Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/20/uk-nuclear-iran-report-idUKBRE91J0GK20130220
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Iran nuke unlikely to start Mideast arms race - U.S. report (Original post)
Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)
Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:46 PM
Ezlivin (8,153 posts)
1. Well, the 100+ nuclear weapons Israel possesses hasn't.
On 5 October 1986, the Sunday Times published Mordechai Vanunuís account of the nuclear activities at Israelís top-secret Dimona facility. The former Dimona technicianís revelations challenged the steadfastness of nuclear opacity. Vanunuís claims reinforced some of the U.S. intelligence communityís suspicions, such as the fact that Israel had expanded the cooling capacity of the Dimona reactor. His testimony also confirmed the existence of the long-suspected reprocessing plant, as well the layout of subterranean levels at Dimona. The credibility of Vanunuís account was strengthened by the 58 photographs he took of equipment, such as a full-scale model of a hydrogen bomb and glove boxes where plutonium discs were fashioned into pits. Based on his revelations, some experts estimated that Israel had built between 100 and 200 nuclear weapons of varying yields and complexity.
Response to Ezlivin (Reply #1)
Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:16 PM
Mosby (6,621 posts)
2. it hasn't made a difference for decades
Think tank can say whatever stupid shit they want, the saudis have publicly stated that if iran develops a nuke they will too. I don't know how much clearer it can get.
Response to Ezlivin (Reply #3)
Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:45 PM
Mosby (6,621 posts)
4. KSA partly funded the Pakistani nuke program
They could get one from them anytime they want.
when it comes to ME issues like this so called expert opinions don't mean much IMO.
In '07 the US NI Estimate said that Iran ended their nuke program and had little reason to believe that they restarted it. At the same time the IAEA was producing report after report about Iranian non-compliance of the NPT.
Fast forward to 2013 and Iran still has not complied with IAEA inspectors and no one has any doubt that Gov of Iran is developing WMD.