Page Iranian Nuclear Developmentaccording to press releases (Feickert 2004).Concern over Iran’s purported nuclear ambitions is heightened by the rhetoricagainst Israel when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holds a conference inTehran discussing the validity of the Holocaust and stating for Israel to be “wiped off themap” (BBC NEWS 2005). Furthermore, the Iranian state has been thoroughlydocumented attempting to covertly engage in the production of nuclear material whichwas revealed in August of 2002 by the Parliament-in-exile of the Iranian Resistancewhich operates under the guise of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)when satellite photos of the nuclear sites at Natanz and Arak were revealed by thisorganization (Squassoni 2003). In May and July of 2003 the NCRI further revealed sitesof interest that may be used for uranium enrichment and centrifuge enrichment.Following these reports by the NCRI the Vice President of Iran in August 2002confirmed to the IAEA of the activities engaged in concerning the nuclear fuel cycle atthe facilities in Natanz and Arak (Squassoni 2003). The nuclear intentions of Iran aredubious but according to the leadership there is nothing but peaceful intentions for thenuclear program albeit if that were the case suspicion should arise when in the pursuit of this it must be covertly managed.
The intentions of Iranian leadership are quite obvious as the expansion of military power is necessary to secure strategic positioning in the region, ensure sovereignty, andhave a little more “
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