1 May 2008

At www.thebulletin.org

The potential Iranian threat ot nuclear weapon delivery against the continental United States should not be viewed through the distorted lens ot the Bush administration's priority to deploy a so-called defense against intercontinental ballistic missiles. Nor should we put confidence in an arbitrary distinction between an Iranian civil program and a “nuclear weapon program.” Although Iran's supreme leader has stated that Iran won't build nuclear weapons because of religious prohibitions, new interpretations of religious proscriptions and demands may lead to a nuclear weapon capability at a rate determined by capabilities and not current professed intentions.