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Stopping the Threat of Iranís Nuclear Weapons Capability


Summary of Policy and Recommendations 

  • The greatest threat to the U.S., the West, Israel and our other allies in the Middle East is posed by Iran’s development of a nuclear weapons capability.  Iran’s current nuclear program does not have a peaceful purpose.


  • The U.S. and our international allies must work to convince Iran to abandon its development of a nuclear weapons capability through incentives for cooperation and sanctions for non-cooperation. 


  • The U.S. must continue its efforts to convince international businesses to avoid trade, investment and business development in industries of strategic importance to the Iranian regime, such as oil and gas, military equipment or technologies, and dual-use equipment or technologies. 


  • No options should be foreclosed to prevent Iran from achieving the ability to produce a nuclear weapon.

Background 

Iran’s current nuclear program does not have a peaceful purpose.  For several years, Iran has refused to comply with its obligation to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to ascertain the extent and purpose of its nuclear program.  Iran continues to enrich uranium in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. 

A nuclear Iran poses the greatest threat to the U.S., the West, Israel and our other allies in the Middle East. The Iranian regime is the leading state-sponsor of terrorism and is a source of extremism and destabilization in the region and around the globe.  It has defied the international community with its support for terrorism and cultivation of extremist forces. Its leaders have repeatedly made incendiary threats against the U.S., called for Israel’s demise, and propagated base anti-Semitism, including the denial of the Holocaust.  

There is consensus in the international community that nuclear weapons in the hands of this increasingly radical and reckless regime would lead to a dangerous geo-strategic shift in the Middle East, potentially leading to a nuclear arms race in the region. A nuclear weapons capacity would only bolster Iran’s aggressive and destructive foreign policy, and represents a direct and serious threat to Israel and other countries in the region.   

With incentives for cooperation and sanctions for non-cooperation, the U.S. and our allies must work to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear program or to allow sufficient international supervision to verify its transformation into an exclusively civilian program.  Sanctions should target the Iranian regime, not the Iranian people, though the population may be effected by such sanctions.  The U.S. must continue its efforts to convince international businesses to avoid trade, investment and business development in industries of strategic importance to the Iranian regime, such as oil and gas, military equipment or technologies, and dual-use equipment or technologies.  International businesses should avoid any relationships with companies associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. 

No options should be foreclosed to prevent Iran from achieving the ability to produce a nuclear weapon. 

 

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