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EditorialIran's nuclear programme

Iran’s nuclear programme

Giving a fresh warning to Iran, US President Joe Biden has vowed to use “All Power” to stop the former from developing a nuclear bomb. Lately, a new security pact has been signed between the US and Israel as both states find Iran as their main foe in the Middle East. In response to the warning, Iran’s ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raisi has cautioned the US and its allies that his country “will not accept any crisis or insecurity in the region”. He has threatened that any mistake made in this region will be met with a harsh and regrettable response.
Iran is consistently developing its missile technology in order to confront all kinds of threats against the Revolution, establishment and territorial integrity. The Iranian army claims that it has massive stockpiles of ballistic missiles. Is Iran signalling to the U.S.? The answer is yes. Statements indicate that Iran wants to show its defensive capabilities at the cost of all sanctions imposed by the US. Iran’s attitude has irked the US that wants to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear capability. Iran says that it has the right to improve its defence capability against all threats. However, the Iranian policy has invited criticism from the U.S. and other western powers that consider Iran’s nuclear capability as a threat to the regional peace. We live in a dangerous world, and when this confusion is going to end nobody can ascertain.
The Middle East has become a troubled area where everybody is trying his might. Most countries are convinced that Iran is endangering peace in the Middle East by indulging in nuclear arms race, which is not in the interests of Iran as well as the region. Iran is rich in oil and gas; why is it prepared to stake so much on its nuclear programme if the programme is only for peaceful purposes? To what end is Iran developing its strategic missile capability? The U.S. is constantly trying to put Iran down and has made no bones about it. The word on how the U.S. wants to deal with Iran keeps fluctuating between some sort of compromise to the possible use of force. There are indications from the U.S. that it is considering re-imposition of sanctions on Iran. The standoff can lead to more chaos. For Pakistan, the possibility of another conflict right next door is not a happy prospect. The problem is that Islamabad is not in a position to do much to prevent such a conflict if Iran and the U.S. head that way. One thing is clear that Iran is not ready to bow to the pressure of the U.S. due to the strong influence of the Revolutionary Guards and its effects on the Iranian defence policy.

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