With worldwide concern that Iran is looking into the possibility to expand its nuclear program, the United States stepped in to officially urge Tehran not to launch an attack against Iran. At the same time, U.S. authorities step in to strengthen international standing and sanctions against Iran.
Today marks the beginning of two days of meeting in Iran, at a time when concerns regarding a potential military strike coming from Israel are stemming. The tension caused by the Israeli government’s decision to step in if Iran decides to expand its nuclear country is feared it will fuel conflicts in an already instable region, causing worldwide turmoil.
Both the United States and the European Union added other sanctions to the existing ones over Iran’s nuclear program. But in response, Iran halted the export of crude oil to all French and British companies.
For this reason, investigators with the United Nations and Atomic Energy Agency are now trying to calm things down, after the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad already announced his country is ready to increase enriched uranium output by 20 percent. Israel announced it will launch a military strike against Iran, and both the U.S. and EU are working to convince them their sanctions require a little bit more time.
Herman Nackaerts, IAEA leading inspector, said: “We hope to have some concrete results after this trip. The highest priority remains, of course, the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, and we want to tackle all outstanding issues”.
Arms Control Association Director Daryl Kimball told Business Week the ongoing meeting in Iran “is a crucial opportunity for everyone, including the Iranians, to get serious. Getting serious means focusing on the near-term problem that 20 percent enriched uranium represents”.
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, said on CNN referring to Israel’s decision to launch a military strike against Iran. “We think that it’s not prudent at this point to decide to attack Iran. I mean that’s been our counsel to our allies, the Israelis, well-known, well-documented”.
However, Dempsey looked confident as he declared that “Israel has the capability to strike Iran and to delay the production or the capability of Iran to achieve a nuclear weapons status, probably for a couple of years”.