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In 1967, under the "Atoms for Peace" program launched by President Eisenhower, the US sold the Shah of Iran's government a 5-megawatt, light-water type research reactor.
A 1974 Defense Department memorandum, recently declassified and posted on-line by the National Security Archive, noted that stability in Iran depended heavily on the Shah's personality. Should he fall, "domestic dissidents or foreign terrorists might easily be able to seize any special nuclear materials stored in Iran for use in bombs".
January 2002 - US President George Bush describes Iraq, Iran and North Korea as an "axis of evil", warning of the proliferation of long-range missiles being developed in these countries. The speech causes outrage in Iran and is condemned by reformists and conservatives alike
November 2003- Iran says it is suspending its uranium enrichment programme and will allow tougher UN inspections of its nuclear facilities. IAEA concludes there is no evidence of a weapons programme.
August-September 2005 - Tehran says it has resumed uranium conversion at its Isfahan plant and insists the programme is for peaceful purposes. IAEA finds Iran in violation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
May 2008 - IAEA says Iran is still withholding information on its nuclear program.
July 2008- Iran test-fires a new version of the Shahab-3, a long-range missile it says is capable of hitting targets in Israel.
October 2009 - Five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany offer Iran proposal to enrich its uranium abroad. November 2009 - Iran refuses to accept the international proposal to end the dispute over its nuclear programme. UN nuclear watchdog IAEA passes a resolution condemning Iran for developing a second uranium enrichment site in secret.
November 2011 - A recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report, based on the intelligence of 10 governments, presented images, letters and diagrams that suggested Iran was secretly working on nuclear weaponry. Iran's envoy to the IAEA says any nuclear development is for peaceful means and that the material evidence against has been fabricated by the US.
1993: North Korea says it has quit the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty amid suspicions that it is developing nuclear weapons. It later reverses that decision.
Aug. 31, 1998: North Korea fires a multistage over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean, proving it can strike any part of Japan's territory.
Sept 1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton eases economic sanctions against North Korea.
July 2000: North Korea again threatens to restart its nuclear program if Washington doesn't compensate for the loss of electricity caused by delays in building nuclear power plants.
Oct. 2002: A visiting U.S. delegation says North Korean officials revealed that the country has a second covert nuclear weapons program in violation of the 1994 agreement -- a program using enriched uranium. North Korea later denies this.
Dec. 2002: North Korea removes monitoring seals and cameras from its nuclear facilities
June 2003: North Korea lifts its war of words with the United States to a new level, saying it may now need nuclear weapons to combat what it describes as a hostile threat from Washington.
Oct 2006 North Korea announces that it has performed its first-ever nuclear weapon test. The country's official Korean Central News Agency said the test was performed successfully and there was no radioactive leakage from the site. South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the test was conducted at 10:36 a.m. (1:36 a.m. GMT) in Hwaderi near Kilju city, citing defense officials. The USGS detected an earthquake with a preliminary estimated magnitude of 4.2 at 41.311°N, 129.114°E
The Feb. 24 cable, which is among those obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to a number of news organizations, makes it clear that American intelligence agencies believe that the complete shipment indeed took place, and that Iran is taking pains to master the technology in an attempt to build a new generation of missiles. The missile intelligence also suggests far deeper military — and perhaps nuclear — cooperation between North Korea and Iran than was previously known. At the request of the Obama administration, The New York Times has agreed not to publish the text of the cable.
Originally posted by ScarletWitch
reply to post by randomname
I see this common misconception often.
I often ask the person saying this for proof of this claim, yet none can provide more than internet assumptions and accusations.
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
reply to post by sonnny1
I believe that they are seeking a weapon and who could blame them? Seems like a nuclear weapon provides a good deterrent to attack these days, especially when others in your region have hundreds of nukes many of which will be targeted on Iranian cities.
Originally posted by DaTroof
Even if Iran is working on a nuclear weapons program, they don't have the capability to strike the US. Israel would be their target, and I have no empathy for the Israeli government & Mossad. They brought this upon themselves, and I hope the United States stays out of it.
Originally posted by seabag
As bold as Iran is now, imagine the boldness and belligerence of a nuclear Iran. They are calling out and instigating the worlds nuclear powers right now!!