Iran Nuclear Involvement

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The greatest threat to the United States in today’s world is Iran’s investment in nuclear proliferation and its potential to destabilize the region. Iran has shown a history of aggression towards not only the U.S., but countries in the region as well. Acquiring nuclear weapons and the capability to deliver those weapons against the U.S. or its allies poses significant ramifications. In order to reverse Iran’s progress towards developing a nuclear bomb along with the associated delivery platforms, the U.S. must engage Iran more forcefully using containment, deterrence, and pre-emption. This paper will begin with an overview of Iran’s history with the U.S., followed by an explanation of why Iran’s nuclear ambitions are detrimental …show more content…

During this timeframe, the “Shah became increasingly isolated and dictatorial.” Gripes between the two countries escalated to a new high point in 1979 with the Iranian take-over of the U.S. Embassy and the ensuing hostage crisis. The relationship between the two countries continued to deteriorate as witnessed by the U.S.’ support for Iraq during its war against Iran. Additionally, Iran protested the shooting down of one of their civilian airplanes over international water by the U.S. Navy. On the other hand, Iran has been linked to “terrorist attacks on U.S. forces in Beirut in 1983 and in Saudi Arabia in 1996; and Iranian support for extremist movements in Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq, and Afghanistan.” Moreover, around 2010, the U.S. and Israel are suspected of launching a massive cyber-attack on an Iranian nuclear facility. This was accompanied by assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists in order to slow down the country’s nuclear program. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) marks the last major milestone in the relationship between the U.S. and Iran. The signing of this agreement in 2015 is considered “one of the most deficient arms control agreements in history.” JCPOA provides Iran with enough flexibility to advance its nuclear program, which eventually will lead to a nuclear bomb. Although such an agreement took place, Iranians will always remember the coup that led to a dictatorial, repressive regime. The

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