Briefing Paper: Iran and Nuclear Proliferation


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Briefing Paper: Iran and Nuclear Proliferation
Origin and History of the Conflict
Although Iran had begun development of a nuclear program in the 1960s under the auspices of the Shah, it was not until the 1990s, more than a decade after the cultural revolution, that Iran’s nuclear interests escalated (New York Times). Although Iran was a signatory to the United Nations’ Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty (UN Security Council), intelligence evidence brought forward in 2002 demonstrated that the country had pursued a nuclear program in secret. Nonetheless, given the fact that this action was illegal, Iran’s president in 2003 stopped production on nuclear facilities (New York Times). Two years later, however, a new and more extreme...
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.....of nuclear weaponry on their part is likely to be moot. At the same time, unless these ideological issues are examined in more detail, it is not likely that the problem of Iran’s nuclear program will be solved any time soon.
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