Iran and the United states: back from the brink

Neither Israel nor Pakistan has ever been held fully accountable for its development of nuclear weapons, and indeed the impression remains that both have been rewarded for their open violation of international norms.

True, both countries may have quite legitimate and understandable security concerns that have encouraged them down the nuclear-weapons path, and in Israel’s case the existential threat has not gone away; but the core problem is that the international community has remained silent over their programmes. At the same time, the pressure on Iran – as in the decision of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on 15 March 2007 to increase sanctions – continues. more


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