Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced today that Iran is a nuclear power. Last week Iranian officials and Ahmadinejad vowed a significant announcment that would ‘shake’ the foundation of the West and particularly the US would be announced on February 11, the day Iran celebrates Revelution Day.
While there is still no official response yet from Washington, DC, analysts predict that Ahamdinejad’s proud boast will be largely unsubstantiated but will still warrant additional pressure from the UN and US for inspection.
The announcment could result in additional sanction, which may be another goal of Ahmadinejad’s to fuel tension with the West and give rise to derision, further securing an anti-US position and sentiment among the Iranian people.
The US response to Ahmadinejad’s announcment should be metered yet authorative, keeping in line with policy that forbids Iran’s development of nuclear weapons or nuclear enrichment for anything other than energy, which should require international oversight.
Profileration of nuclear weapons to Iran would debstabilize the mideast region to the point that any conflicts that currently exist would pale in comparison to the new crisis of having not only nuclear material, but blueprints of technology for sell to unofficial factions. For these reasons, the UN must persevere and use every diplomatic way possible to pressure Ahamdinejad to give up on nuclear ambitions.