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.
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