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The Iranian nuclear facility in Bushehr. AP photo.

For the past several years, Iran has been under intense scrutiny from the international community over its nuclear program. Intelligence estimates agree that Iran has not yet made the political decision to pursue a nuclear weapon, but Tehran's failure to declare all nuclear facilities and materials in a timely fashion, along with past weapons activities, has led to increased concerns that Iran intends move forward with the development of a nuclear weapon.

However, most Iran specialists, including nationally recognized experts at the Center, believe that there is ample time for the United States, Iran, the IAEA, and other interested parties to resolve the nuclear dispute through diplomacy. Military force should not be contemplated at this time and should be considered in the future only if it meets basic requirements - including support from Congress and the U.N. - and is judged to be a net advantage to U.S. interests.

At this time, Iran does not pose an imminent threat to the U.S. There are numerous challenges - including mastering the nuclear fuel cycle - on the road to developing a nuclear weapon. Building a nuclear warhead and placing it on a suitable delivery vehicle, a process sometimes referred to as "weaponization," is a difficult endeavor.

CENTER EXPERTS

Robert Gard

Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard, Jr. (USA, ret.)

Chairman
202-546-0795 ext. 2111
rgard AT armscontrolcenter DOT org


Laicie Heeley

Senior Policy Analyst
202-546-0795 ext 2105
lheeley AT armscontrolcenter DOT org


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