Experts are saying Iran will be able to make a nuclear bomb by mid-2014.
The Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy has authored a report analyzing the progress of Iranian nuclear technology. “Iran’s advancing nuclear program violates U.N. Security Council resolutions, threatens international peace and security, undermines the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and threatens to spur proliferation elsewhere in the region,” the authors warn.
Their solution? The report, titled “U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East,”- states that the U.S. should join an international embargo on trade and investments with Iran:
The United States should ramp up sanctions against Iran so as to bring the date of maximal economic pressure nearer by significantly increasing the sanctions’ impact on Iran’s international trade and investment, Iranian government revenue, capital flows, inflation, foreign exchange rates, and overall macroeconomic stability, with any necessary calibrations to reflect concessions Iran may make in the course of negotiations.”
Now there’s a threat. The fanatical mullahs in Iran are just sure to abandon their nuclear dreams if the U.S. threatens to starve the Iranian people? Can’t the experts do better than that?
In fact, they do. The report advises President Obama to warn the Iranians with a “crystal clear” message that if the embargo doesn’t work, the U.S. will bomb Iran: “The president should explicitly declare that he will use military force to destroy Iran’s nuclear program if Iran takes additional decisive steps toward producing a bomb.”
The report says Iran will have a nuclear bomb by mid-2014, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has estimated the time to be by this spring or early summer.