CAN WE LIVE WITH A NUCLEAR IRAN?

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Iran's theocratic regime has been racing to build nuclear weapons for several years, according to the IAEA's [International Atomic Energy Agency] Nov. 2011, report.

The international community does not oppose Iran enriching uranium for peaceful purposes, but it unequivocally opposes Iran developing nuclear weapons.

This website provides background about why a nuclear Iran would endanger the region, liberal democracies, and global stability and peace, and about the international community's efforts to stop Iran's nuclear weaponization program.

The need to act is becoming more urgent. Experts, including the U.S. Secretary of Defense, estimated that Iran could develop nuclear bombs by the late spring of 2012 or certainly by January, 2013.

The clock is ticking. We must educate ourselves and others and act before it is too late.

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Why The World Cannot Risk A Nuclear Iran
1. A nuclear Iran would endanger global stability and increase the risks of nuclear war. read more » « read less
Agence France Presse, April 28, 2006
www.realite-eu.org/site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=9dJBLLNkGiF&b=2315291&ct=4058419
Office of the Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei, "IR Leader Receives Researchers on Mahdism," July 9, 2011
www.leader.ir/langs/en/?p=contentShow&id=8307
Dore Gold, "Ahmadinejad at July rally in Mashad: The Mahdi and Iran's Global Mission," August 9, 2009
http://doregold.blogspot.com/2009/08/ahmadinejad-at-july-rally-in-mashhad_16.html
Office of the Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei, "Imam of Age will reappear to rescue human community," August 17, 2008
www.leader.ir/langs/en/?p=contentShow&id=4003
Mehdionline, "Home," n.d.
http://mehdionline.net/index.html
Iran's New Government Glorifies Martyrdom," MEMRI, July 29, 2005
www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1426.htm#_edn1
"Iran's New Government Glorifies Martyrdom," MEMRI, July 29, 2005
www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1426.htm#_edn1
Thomas, George, "Iran trains 'ultimate martyrs,'" Christian World News, May 12, 2006
www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=883997&ct=2925619#6
Global Security, "Intelligence," n.d.
http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/world/iran/proxy-groups.htm
John Ivison, "Stephen Harper fears Iran would use nuclear weapons if it was able to produce them," National Post, February 3, 2012
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/03/stephen-harper-fears-iran-would-use-nuclear-weapons-if-it-was-able-to-produce-them/
Bret Stephens, "Iran Cannot Be Contained," Commentary Magazine, July/August 2010
www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/iran-cannot-be-contained-15462?page=all
Iran Press Service, "Rafsanjani says Muslims should use nuclear weapon against Israel," December 14, 2001
www.iran-press-service.com/articles_2001/dec_2001/rafsanjani_nuke_threats_141201.htm
Jeffrey Goldberg, "Obama to Iran and Israel: 'As President of the United State, I Don't Bluff,'" The Atlantic, March 2, 2012
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/obama-to-iran-and-israel-as-president-of-the-united-states-i-dont-bluff/253875/
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), February 21, 2010
http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/4086.htm
Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, "Two rare statements about Iran-Hezbollah relations: Ali Akbar Velayati, advisor to the Supreme Leader Khamenei, admits Iran fully supports Hezbollah. Sheikh Naim Qassem, Hezbollah's deputy secretary general, says Hezbollah derives legitimacy for its activities from Khamenei," August 10, 2009
www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/html/hezbollah_e013.htm
U.S. State Department, "Chapter 3: State Sponsors of Terrorism," August 18, 2011
http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/2010/170260.htm
"Palestinian Hamas Groups Admits that Its Fighters are Trained in Iran," Times (UK), March 9, 2008
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article3512018.ece
U.S. State Department, "Chapter 3: State Sponsors of Terrorism," op cit.
Congressional Record, "Senate Resolution 380—To Express The Sense Of The Senate Regarding The Importance Of Preventing The Government Of Iran From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Capability," February 16, 2012
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r112:S16FE2-0044:/
Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, "AP Exclusive: CIA Tracks Al Qaida Moving from Iran," The Boston Globe, May 13, 2010
www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/05/13/ap_exclusive_iran_eases_grip_on_al_qaida
Con Coughlin, "The Price of Iranian Sanctions," Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2010
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304198004575171432313892208.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines
Congressional Record, "Senate Resolution 380—To Express The Sense Of The Senate Regarding The Importance Of Preventing The Government Of Iran From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Capability" op cit.
U.S. State Department, "Chapter 3: State Sponsors of Terrorism," op cit.
U.S. State Department, "Chapter 3: State Sponsors of Terrorism," op cit.
Crispian Balmer and Nidal al-Mughrabi, "Islamist Jihad ready for all-out war with Israel," Reuters, November 3, 2011
www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/03/us-palestinians-israel-islamicjihad-idUSTRE7A24RR20111103?feedType=RSS&feedName=everything&virtualBrandChannel=11563
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2008
www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/articles/2008/03_iran_byman/03_iran_byman.pdf
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," op cit.
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," op cit.
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," op cit.
ADL, "Hezbollah," n.d.
www.adl.org/terrorism/symbols/hezbollah.asp
ADL, "Hezbollah," n.d.
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," op cit.
Roya Hakakian, "The End of the Dispensable Iranian," Spiegel, April 10, 2007
www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,476369,00.html;
Yossi Melman, "Israel fails to prevent Germany freeing Iranian," Haaretz, October 11, 2007
www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-fails-to-prevent-germany-freeing-iranian-1.230848
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," op cit.
FBI, "Terrorism charges have been brought against 13 members of the pro-Iran Saudi Hizballah," June 20, 2001
www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/terrorism-charges-have-been-brought-against-13-members-of-the-pro-iran-saudi-hizballah
The Israel Project: "Iran: Leading State Sponsor of Terror Across the Globe," n.d.
www.theisraelproject.org/site/c.hsJPK0PIJpH/b.2060919/k.753D/Iran_Leading_State_Sponsor_of_Terror.htm
Ed O'Keefe and Joby Warrick, "Weapons prove Iranian role in Iraq, U.S. says," Washington Post, July 5, 2011
www.washingtonpost.com/world/war-zones/weapons-prove-iranian-role-in-iraq-us-says/2011/07/05/gHQAUnkmzH_story.html;
AFP, "Iran arms Afghan insurgents: NATO," AsiaOne, February 28, 2011
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/World/Story/A1Story20110228-265792.html
Department of Justice: "Two Men Charged in Alleged Plot to Assassinate Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States," October 11, 2011
www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/October/11-ag-1339.html
AP, "Did Iran plot to kill Israelis in Azerbaijan?" CBS News, February 21, 2012
www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57382023/did-iran-plot-to-kill-israelis-in-azerbaijan/
Herb Keinon, Gil Hoffman, and Jpost Staff, "Netanyahu: Iran is behind attacks on Israeli embassies," Jerusalem Post, February 13, 2012
www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=257633
Herb Keinon, Gil Hoffman, and Jpost Staff, "Netanyahu: Iran is behind attacks on Israeli embassies," op cit.
Daniel Ten Kate and Suttinee Yuvejwattana, "Iranian Bombing Suspects 'Targeted' Israelis, Thai Police Say," Bloomberg, February 15, 2012
www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-15/iranian-bombing-suspects-targeted-israelis-thai-police-say.html
Bret Stephens, "Iran Cannot Be Contained," Commentary Magazine, July 2010
www.commentarymagazine.com/article/iran-cannot-be-contained
Bret Stephens, "Iran Cannot Be Contained," Commentary Magazine, July 2010
www.commentarymagazine.com/article/iran-cannot-be-contained/
Jeffrey Goldberg, "Obama to Iran and Israel: 'As President of the United State, I Don't Bluff,'" op cit.
Congressional Record, "Senate Resolution 380—To Express The Sense Of The Senate Regarding The Importance Of Preventing The Government Of Iran From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Capability," op cit.
Jason Burke, "Riyadh will build nuclear weapons if Iran gets them, Saudi prince warns," The Guardian, June 29, 2011
at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/29/saudi-build-nuclear-weapons-iran
Jason Burke, "Riyadh will build nuclear weapons if Iran gets them, Saudi prince warns," op cit.
Elaine M. Grossman, "Popular Egyptian Cleric Once Called for Nuclear Arms," The Nuclear Threat Initiative, March 17, 2011
www.nti.org/gsn/article/popular-egyptian-cleric-once-called-for-nuclear-arms
Alexander Dziadosz and Marwa Awad, "Egypt says may seek atomic arms if Iran does: leaks," Reuters, December 2, 2010
http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE6B10FR20101202?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0
Jeffrey Goldberg, "Obama to Iran and Israel: 'As President of the United State, I Don't Bluff,'" op cit.
Congressional Record, "Senate Resolution 380—To Express The Sense Of The Senate Regarding The Importance Of Preventing The Government Of Iran From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Capability," op cit.
Ian Black and Simon Tisdall, "Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme," The Guardian, November 28, 2010
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/28/us-embassy-cables-saudis-iran
Ian Black and Simon Tisdall, "Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme," op cit.
Ian Black and Simon Tisdall, "Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme," op cit.
Ian Black and Simon Tisdall, "Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme," op cit.
DipNote, "New START Treaty and Protocol," U.S. Department of State, April 8, 2010
http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/new_start_treaty_and_protocol
AFP, "Iran Nuclear Plant Violates UN Resolutions: Envoys," ChannelnewsAsia, January 12, 2012
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/1176243/1/.html;
Elise Auerbach, "Iran Thumbs Its Nose at the World," Amnesty International USA, February 21, 2010
IPT News, "Tehran Ramps Up Support for Assad," IPT News, February 15, 2012
www.investigativeproject.org/3447/tehran-ramps-up-support-for-assad
MEMRI, "Ahmadinejad in Landmark Address to Iran's Assembly of Experts: Islamic Revolution, Islamic Republic – Next To Muhammad's Appointment as Messenger of Allah, Imam Hussain's Martyrdom," February 29, 2008
www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/2581.htm#_edn2
MEMRI, "'The Straw Powers Must Accept the Undeniable Reality: In Today's World There is a Rising Power Challenging Their Baseless Ideologies' - Iranian Reactions to U.N. Sanctions Resolution 1737," January 4, 2007
www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/1994.htm
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), February 21, 2010
www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/4086.htm
Al-Hayat (London), May 16, 2008, archived
www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/2788.htm#_edn1
2. A nuclear Iran would endanger the U.S. and Europe. read more » « read less
"Secretary of the Iranian Guardian Council Ahmad Jannati: Just Like We Destroyed the Regime of the Shah, We Will Destroy America and Israel,'" The Middle East Media Research Institute Special Dispatch No. 1484, June 1, 2007,
www.memritv.org/Transcript.asp?P1=1484
MEMRI, "Iranian President Ahmadinejad: "The Countdown for the Decline of America's Demonic Power Has Begun"; "This Germ of Corruption [Israel] Will Be Wiped Off," IRINN TV, June 4,2008
www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/2810.htm
Uzi Rubin, "The Global Range of Iran's Ballistic Missile Program," JCPA, June 20, 2006
www.jcpa.org/text/iran_page_62-67.pdf
Ethan Bronner, "U.S. Plays Down Warning by Israeli Over Iran's Missiles," New York Times, February 2, 2012
www.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/world/middleeast/israel-warns-iranian-missiles-might-threaten-us.html?_r=1
3. A nuclear Iran would endanger oil supplies and the global economy read more » « read less
Jeffrey Goldberg, "Obama to Iran and Israel: 'As President of the United State, I Don't Bluff,'" The Atlantic, March 2, 2012
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/obama-to-iran-and-israel-as-president-of-the-united-states-i-dont-bluff/253875/
David Blair, "Iran Threatens to Close Strait of Hormuz Over EU Oil Sanctions," Telegraph, January 23, 2012
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9032948/Iran-threatens-to-close-Strait-of-Hormuz-over-EU-oil-sanctions.html
Lenny Ben-David, "Iran Threatens Two More Navy Chokepoints," Weekly Standard, February 9, 2012
www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/iran-threatens-two-more-naval-chokepoints_626513.html?nopager=1
www.heritage.org/Research/Lecture/The-National-Security-Consequences-of-Oil-Dependency and www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,374905,00.html and www.mees.com/postedarticles/oped/a46n40d01.htm
4. A nuclear Iran would pose an existential threat to Israel read more » « read less
Ayatollah Khamenei, "Friday prayer sermons in Tehran," The Office of the Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei, February 3, 2012
www.leader.ir/langs/fa/?p=contentShow&id=9093, http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=contentShow&id=9094
(Note: In the Farsi version Khamenei is quoted as using the word "Israel." In the English translation of the speech "Israel" is replaced with "The Zionist Regime." This is either a mistake or an intentional mistranslation.)
Ayatollah Khamenei, "Leader urges liberation of Palestinian lands," The Office of the Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei, October 11, 2011
www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=contentShow&id=8625
The Office of the Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei, "The Solution to the Palestinian Problem," n.d.
www.leader.ir/tree/index.php?catid=70&nodeid=11648
ADL, "Iran's President Ahmadinejad in his Own Words," January 13, 2012
www.adl.org/main_International_Affairs/ahmadinejad_words.htm
Alireza Forghani, "In the name of Allah Iran must attack Israel by 2014," Alef, February 4, 2012
www.alef.ir/vdcepw8zwjh8ewi.b9bj.html?142262
Daniel Byman, "Iran, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 2008
www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/articles/2008/03_iran_byman/03_iran_byman.pdf;
AP, "Did Iran plot to kill Israelis in Azerbaijan?" CBS News, February 21, 2012
at www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57382023/did-iran-plot-to-kill-israelis-in-azerbaijan;
Herb Keinon, Gil Hoffman, and Jpost Staff, "Netanyahu: Iran is behind attacks on Israeli embassies," Jerusalem Post, February 13, 2012
www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=257633;
Daniel Ten Kate and Suttinee Yuvejwattana, "Iranian Bombing Suspects 'Targeted' Israelis, Thai Police Say," Bloomberg, February 15, 2012
www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-15/iranian-bombing-suspects-targeted-israelis-thai-police-say.html http://www.jcpa.org/text/ahmadinejad2-words.pdf