It increasingly has become a given that Iran is on the road to developing an atomic bomb and once it attains that goal the safety of the world is imperiled. The Iran government on Monday dismissed American concerns about how much fissile material the country has produced saying it isn’t developing a nuclear bomb and that any effort to make weapons-grade uranium would be difficult under the eyes of international inspectors. These comments came a day after US Chief of Staff, Admiral MIke Mullen said Iran has sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon and warned the world was under threat if that became a reality. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hasan Qashqavi told reporters, “we have said many times that a nuclear weapon has no place in Iran”s defense doctrine.” He asked reporters, “how is it possible for uranium enriched 3 to 4 percent to be enriched up to 90 percent while under IAEA monitoring?”
Iran’s possession of an atomic bomb does not foster stability in the Middle East, but that does not translate into becoming a threat to the world. First, why would Iran attack Europe or the United States knowing full well their country would be obliterated from the face of the Earth by making a nuclear attack? Second, is the assumption of Western observers the leaders of Iran are complete fools? There is a world of difference between creating tension and posing a threat to the world. It is time for calm behavior and to cease exaggerating the problem of Iran and nuclear weapons.