Iran has begun work again at a uranium conversion facility on Monday in defiance of claims from Europe and the United States that the program is an
attempt to develop nuclear weapons. Iran claims the facility exists to develop electricity.
Critics of Tehran question why Iran, which has vast reserves of petroleum, would need nuclear energy. Iran has responded by pointing out that it was
Washington which first urged it to pursue a nuclear energy program while the pro-U.S. shah was in power.
France, Germany, Britain and the United States are likely to push for Iran to be referred to the U.N. Security Council, where they could seek new
economic sanctions. But sanctions are far from a sure thing: Russia, which has helped Iran build its first nuclear reactor, and China, which has been
strengthening ties with Tehran, hold veto power in the council.
"I think Iran should really bear in mind that this step is a step in the wrong direction," German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said, according to
ZDF television. But he suggested negotiations could continue, saying: "We are trying to prevent a negative trend with fatal consequences."
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Iran with nuclear weapons is a threat to every Western nation. Also, it will increase tension throughout the Middle East, and put our military in
direct danger of a nuclear attack. Also, proliferation of nuclear weapons in Iran could lead to terrorist groups obtaining nuclear weapons to use in
attacks on the U.S. and her European allies.
This is a very dangerous situation and needs a peaceful resolution immediately.
I'd like to add that the most dangerous part is that by alienating Iran, they could ally themselves more tightly with China. A move like this could
produce another Cold War, this time with the U.S. and China.
Iran is an independent nation and they have a right to pursue nuclear technology just like the U.S., U.K., China, Russia, Israel, etc. Maybe they are
just smart enough to realize the problem of peak oil and don't want to screw the future of their country like we are here.
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