Iran and Access to Nuclear Weapons

1402 WordsJan 31, 20186 Pages
Currently, Iran does not have the capacity to launch a missile directly at the United States ("The Iranian nuclear," 2013). This, however, may change. If the Iranians develop a nuclear weapon, they are most likely going to develop a vehicle to deliver the warhead. This is where a direct threat to the United States lies. Even without an ICBM, Iran can still load a nuclear device into a shipping container, or even launch a missile off a ship from the coast. Iran would also most likely hand over information on nuclear weapons to one of its state sponsored terrorist groups. In turn, the terrorists would use the weapons against the U.S. and its allies all over the world. The President has stated that America will not allow Iran to pursue a nuclear weapon, and that he is prepared to use all available American power to prevent that from happening (Sherman, 2013). This begins with the strict sanctions imposed on the country. Iran is currently under a lot of pressure to discontinue its uranium enrichment. If Iran were to hand over any developed nuclear weapons information to its terrorist groups, that would cause alarm for the entire world. Extremists with the most deadly weapon ever could potentially destroy thousands, if not millions of innocent lives. This type of fear would give Iran and its terrorists an edge on the world stage. The fear of launching a nuclear attack would drastically change how the U.S. and its allies deal with Iran. To stop that, the U.S. and its allies
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