posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 01:29 PM
I think Iran may be looking out for its future.
Yes, it's sitting on a lot of oil. Why use it for power generation when it could be saved and sold as surplus when other oil fields are eventually
tapped out? Also, I think they may believe that America and Britain intend to continue their oil-grab operations throughout the middle east. They may
consider themselves a likely target.
I don't think they're worried about procuring ICBM technology if they are planning to develop a weapon, but something more short-range. Maybe
something to deter military operations against them launched from Iraq, Afghanistan, or Israel. Also, there is the option now for nuclear artillery.
The United States are currently developing small nuclear artillery rounds or "usable nukes". These could very well have applications for a small
country in defense.
Non-proliferation, I think, is simply a day late. The technology is now common. The goal and plight of trying to prevent other countries from having
nuclear technology is an impossible one, especially as time goes on. Nuclear weapons technology will, in time, be available to anyone with space,
tools, and materiel.
At this point, I think Iran is simply stalling while it continues to develop its weapons.