(WASHINGTON) – A former White House spokesman and a national security analyst are urging Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to allow nuclear inspections in the country. Meanwhile, the ratification of the START treaty has brought increasing world attention to Iran as a potentially rouge nuclear state.
In an OpEdNews article Wednesday, ex-White House staffer Robert Weiner and national security analyst James Lewis said Iran’s “nuclear ambition seems likely” given that the country borders Pakistan. They also reinforced the concern that perceived nuclear development by the country could lead to an arms race.
“The U.S. believes that Iran is now developing advanced missile technologies with the assistance of North Korea,” the article read. “These advances and further cooperation have increased the range and accuracy of Iran's Shahab missile program capable of delivering nuclear warheads."
The article also addressed Ahmadinejad’s concerns that Iran in unfairly being portrayed as “the bad guy.” Weiner and Lewis say it is important for the U.S. to understand the basis of his concern.
“Regrettably, the government of the United States has not only used nuclear weapons, but continues to threaten to use such weapons against other countries, including Iran,” they wrote.
Still, the article argues that the only way for Iran to alter the world’s perception of its nuclear activities is to allow nuclear inspections.
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