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Iranian nuclear program

Iranian Nuclear Program

Seth Prisament

Alex Wilson

History of iranian n uclear p rogram
History of Iranian Nuclear Program

  • Nuclear program launched in 1950’s with the HELP of the U.S-

    • Atoms for peace- supplied equipment and information to schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the world.

    • This was when there was a US friendly dictator of Iran

    • The US wanted Iran to become a nuclear country

  • In 1979, there was the Iranian revolution

    • The Shah was thrown out of power and replaced by a much more religious, anti- Western ruler; Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

    • US cut off relationship with Iran, which included help with Nuclear program

    • Iran’s nuclear reactors shut down because of no enriched Uranium

  • History of iranian nuclear program
    History of Iranian Nuclear Program

    • In 1981, Iran's nuclear program started back up again with the help of Argentina. (Supplied needed enriched Uranium)

    • From the 1990’s, Russia has been helping Iran with it’s nuclear program.

    • The US has continually tried to stop developed countries from aiding Iran’s nuclear program

    The issue
    The issue

    • Iran’s nuclear program is one of the most important issues confronting the international community today.

    • The Iranian government says that it has a right to have PEACEFUL nuclear capabilities.... Many other countries do.

    Iranian nuclear program

    • The US is worried, based on evidence, that Iran’s nuclear program will not be used for peaceful means, but for nuclear weapons.

    • In other words, Iran saying that its nuclear program is peaceful is just a cover for their real goal which is to make weapons of mass destruction.

    • Iran is located on top of one of the biggest oil reserves in the world…. (hmmm)

    The main questions
    The main questions

    • What sort of nuclear program Iran gets to have? (Peaceful or not?)

    • Should they have any at all?

    • What happens if it defies the world's demands?

      • Military action or diplomacy… or both??

      • Is there a red line? ________

    Options with iran
    Options with Iran

    • Bomb Iranian nuclear sites

    • Not really- would not set Iran far back in its program, and would probably enrage the government.

    Options with iran1
    Options with Iran

    • Full-on invasion to topple the government.

    • Nope-Not feasible after Iraq

    Options with iran2
    Options with Iran

    • Force Iran to surrender and simply give up its nuclear program.

    • Not quite- Very unlikely- sanctions have not been very effective

    Options with iran3
    Options with Iran

    • Negotiating a deal directly with Tehran

    • Maybe…Have been cheated before by Iran


    • Obama has recently made a deal with Iran that would set stringent limits on Iran's nuclear activities; in exchange, the country will get about $6 billion in unfrozen foreign assets and relief from sanctions.

    • Critics say that nothing short of a complete halt of their nuclear program should be excepted.

    • Others say this type of diplomacy is the only option.

    Interest groups aipac
    Interest groups: AIPAC

    • American Israeli Public Affairs Committee

    • Make sure Israel is safe by securing the essential support from the US

    • AIPAC has similar ideas towards Iran’s nuclear program as Israel does, therefore no nuclear capabilities for Iran.

    • Iranian officials have continually said provocative comments about Israel such as calling it a “cancer that needs to be removed”

    • Iran is known to sponsor terrorists groups such as Hezbollah.

    • Iran could easily give their nuclear bombs to these terrorists groups who could then use them against Israel.

    • AIPAC is pushing congress to not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

    Political parties democrats
    Political parties: Democrats

    • Both Democrats and Republicans more or less agree on a non- nuclear Iran; or at least, not have nuclear weapons.

    • However, the Obama administration has done everything it can to avoid military action against Iran

    • They have put in tough sanctions in the past, however, with the new deal, the administration is going to let up on some.

    • Diplomacy has been their main tool.

    • While Obama has repeatedly said that military action is an option, he is clearly reluctant to use it.

    Political parties republicans
    Political parties: Republicans

    • The republican party has made it clear it stands behind a military strike

    • Many of the parties leaders have said that a red line needs to be drawn, and if Iran crossed that line, its time for military action.

    • Party leaders have said that they want no deal short of a complete dismantlement of the nuclear plants in Iran.