Ten Reasons Iran Doesn’t Want A Nuclear Bomb
â€śThe West should enter into a genuine, face-saving and realistic solution, rather than continuing to push aggressively and ineffectively against Iranian nuclear development,â€ť Seyyed Hossein Mousavian wrote in an article published on theÂ National InterestÂ website.
The scholar referred to â€śreligious obligationsâ€ť as the first reason why Iran does not seek to build a nuclear bomb, saying that based on the fatwa by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei â€śthe use of nuclear weapons and all other types of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) is forbiddenâ€¦constituting a sin.â€ť
He mentioned â€ślack of long-term advantageâ€ť in the possession of nuclear weapons as the second reason, saying that based on Iranâ€™s assessment the possession of a nuclear bomb will have no long-term regional advantage and would trigger a regional nuclear arms race.
He added that, Iranâ€™s â€śtechnology choicesâ€ť is the third reason why the country is not after nukes. â€śThe technical configurations Iran has chosen for its nuclear program, demonstrate a preference for a robust enrichment capability rather than for a rapid nuclear weapons breakout capability.â€ť
Mousavian said possible â€śisolationâ€ť of Iran is the fourth reason dissuading Tehran from developing a bomb, stating, â€śIran recognizes that by becoming a nuclear weapons state, it will compel Russia and China to join the US and implement devastating sanctions that would paralyze the Iranian economy.â€ť
The scholar then argued that Iranâ€™s prominent politicians believe that possessing nuclear weapons would be an obstacle in the long-term for Iranâ€™s access to vast technological cooperation with developed countries and this is the fifth reason why they do not want a bomb.
Mousavian further stated that Iran does not want to develop a bomb in order to prove its â€śgoodwillâ€ť to international community.
As for the seventh reason, he stated that Iran has never tried to stockpile enough enriched uranium to make a bomb because it â€śâ€¦requires 27 tons of uranium enriched at 3.5 percent level annually to provide fuel for its only nuclear power plant in Bushehr. Up to now, Iran has produced about 7 tons and needs an additional 20 tons.â€ť
The scholar said Iran’s offers on uranium enrichment during talks with world powers is the eighth reason proving that Tehran has no plan to develop a nuclear bomb.
â€śAt a meeting between EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and Iranâ€™s leading nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili on September 19, Iran once again offered to suspend its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, provided proportionate reciprocation would be taken by P5+1.â€ť
Mousavian stated that Iran does not need the bomb as â€śdeterrenceâ€ť against US and Israel, while it does not need it to prevent efforts aimed at â€śregime changeâ€ť by the United States and the West either.
â€śParadoxically for some, Iran without nuclear weapons has become more powerful year after year in the past 34 years, stymieing Western efforts to bring about the collapse of the regime.â€ť
Mousavian concluded by saying, â€śThese are just a few reasons the West should enter into a genuine, face-saving and realistic solution, rather than continuing to push aggressively and ineffectively against Iranian nuclear development.â€ť