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Olli Heinonnen, former deputy director-general of the IAEA and now at Harvard’s Belfer Center, notes that a bill to that effect has already been approved by Iran’s Majlis (parliament) and is set to be debated in the coming days. As Heinonnen explains, building even a single, small nuclear sub would require Iran to produce enough highly enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs—the more notable considering that Iran has already produced about enough enriched uranium for five.
“An Iranian move in the direction of upping the ante with nuclear powered vessels,” says Heinonnen, “is both dangerous and needless.”
Needless, that is, unless one is driven by the jihadist and supremacist values that have propelled the Iranian Revolution since 1979.
We may be required to make difficult decisions concerning the national security of Israel and ensuring its future…. I am well aware of and know the difficulties and complexities involved in thwarting Iran’s achievement of nuclear weapons. However, I know beyond a doubt that dealing with the challenge itself would be infinitely more complex, infinitely more dangerous and far more expensive in terms of both human lives as well as resources.
Indeed, this week Israeli media were rife with claims and speculations that Israel is aiming to “thwart” Iran’s nuclear program by the fall. Such claims have already been made, and weren’t fulfilled. On the other hand, Iran keeps pushing forward while hopes that Obama and other Western leaders were serious about the problem are fading fast.
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