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dc.contributor.authorKibaroglu, M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-08T10:20:04Z
dc.date.available2016-02-08T10:20:04Z
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.identifier.issn0026-3141
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/23843
dc.description.abstractIran's nuclear program has become a highly controversial issue in international politics since the August 2002 unveiling of the secretly built uranium enrichment facility in Natanz and the heavy-water production plant in Arak. American officials and experts assert that Iran has secret plans to use its nuclear capabilities to develop nuclear weapons. Iranian officials, however, deny such allegations and claim that they will use their capabilities exclusively for peaceful purposes. Notwithstanding the official rhetoric, some Iranian scholars, intellectuals, and even bureaucrats argue that Iran should seriously consider developing nuclear weapons given that they have the necessary skills and capabilities as well as the reasons to do so. The clerical leaders have supposedly not yet decided about weaponizing Iran's nuclear capability. However, the ever-increasing size of Iran's existing nuclear infrastructure, and the achievements of Iranian scientists, who claim to have developed indigenous capabilities, may very well elevate Iran to the status of a nuclear power, even a de facto nuclear-weapons state.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titleMiddle East Journalen_US
dc.subjectInternational conflicten_US
dc.subjectInternational relationsen_US
dc.subjectNuclear poweren_US
dc.subjectNuclear weaponen_US
dc.subjectAsiaen_US
dc.subjectEurasiaen_US
dc.subjectIranen_US
dc.subjectMiddle Easten_US
dc.titleGood for the Shah, banned for the mullahs: The West and Iran's quest for nuclear poweren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of International Relations
dc.citation.spage207en_US
dc.citation.epage232en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber60en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber2en_US
dc.publisherMiddle East Instituteen_US


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