Iran

From power generation to weapons proliferation?

Authored by: Anoushiravan Ehteshami

Handbook of Nuclear Proliferation

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  February  2012

Print ISBN: 9781857436044
eBook ISBN: 9780203840849
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203840849-15

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Abstract

Iran’s nuclear programme became a central international security concern in 2002 upon revelations about the nature, extent and diversity of the country’s secret activities in the nuclear field. The shock for many was Iran’s apparent considerable successes in mastering the atom, and also its having done so in relative isolation and with the official declaration that Iran’s programme was entirely peaceful. Tehran’s standard position has been that the development or deployment of nuclear weapons is against Islam and its values and therefore against the established principles of the revolutionary Islamic state. Iran did not need nuclear weapons to defend itself against predators, as its leaders saw it. Nor would the country need such weapons for projecting prestige or power, its leaders confidently declared at every public gathering after these revelations.

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