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Trend News commentator: Iran's nuclear self-sufficiency is as means of asymmetric effect

Politics Materials 13 February 2010 13:13 (UTC +04:00)
There is another nuclear power on the world map. Iranian scientists managed to produce the first batch of uranium enriched to 20 percent in the country without foreign participation. Speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in front of thousands of people on the occasion of the 31-st anniversary on celebration of the Islamic Revolution has made a major change in the geo-political assessment of the region.
Trend News commentator: Iran's nuclear self-sufficiency is as means of asymmetric effect

Trend commentator Polad Hamidov

There is another nuclear power on the world map. Iranian scientists managed to produce the first batch of uranium enriched to 20 percent in the country without foreign participation. Speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in front of thousands of people on the occasion of the 31-st anniversary on celebration of the Islamic Revolution has made a major change in the geo-political assessment of the region.

Proceeding from the concept of the American political scientist Nicholas Spykmen, one can argue that Iran included in rimland - a zone of confrontation of the United States, and Heartland (Heartland - area, equal to the territory of Russia), after yesterday's speech of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has become a more independent country.

After these changes the traditional pressure from the U.S. and Europe on Iran can have fatal consequences for the countries of the region. That is, the language of sanctions and pressure from the international community will not bring good results. For example, RIA Novosti reported that in an interview with Reuters the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, said: "We have no problem with enrichment. We can enrich uranium up to 100 percent ... We have such an opportunity. But we do not have intentions to do so, unless we are forced to do this. "

It should be noted that the enrichment of uranium to 90 percent is sufficient to produce an atomic bomb.

Let's ask the following questions. Why does Iran need nuclear technologies, if there is tension in the region? Why do the United States, situating overseas, consider Iran's nuclear program as a threat to their national security, while Russia and China are more restrained in this matter? Why was there the information amid Iran's nuclear program that the United States has nuclear weapons in Turkey and it was there for a long time?

If we again consider the doctrine of Nicholas Spaykmen, which examines the geopolitics of the concept of the U.S strategic security, Iran as a nuclear power does not fit into the U.S. plans to combat Russia, as Iran, in this case becomes ungovernable country.

Spykmen considers rimland as the geopolitical axis of the world, stretching along the borders of the Heartland through Europe, the Middle East, India and China. Heartland has the pressure on this area in an attempt to unite it under its control, while the United States must pursue a policy of deterrence, and, following the theory of Alfred Mahan (a founder of the American geopolitical schools) to stifle a continental power, by saturating rimland with its military bases and creating military and political alliances there.

In this concept, Turkey, as opposed to Iran suits for the United States because there is a military base of the United States in its territory and Turkey is s member of NATO. In its turn, one can not ignore a nuance. Turkey, as well as Iran, has equal ambitions to be a leader not only in the region, but also in the Muslim world. If one hypothetically imagines confrontation between Turkey and Iran for leadership in the region, one can understand the meaning of common information that the U.S. keeps nuclear weapons in Turkey. That is, superpowers can use the ambitions of these two countries to further pressure on Iran.

It sounds emotionally. But it should be noted that the development of nuclear technology and fundamental science in this area is a positive factor, if it serves humanity. But if the nuclear program of any country strikes fear into people, and causes a threat of world wars, one should think it over. Iran's nuclear program looks like a "Gordian knot" for the U.S. and the EU.

Iran is mentioned in the U.S. national security strategy as a country that violates the international obligations, and sponsors terrorist acts outside its territory. Taking into account such an approach of the United States, is difficult to imagine peaceful future in the region. However, there was no peace in the region in comparison with the "powder keg". Frozen conflicts often take place.

Iran has been on U.S. national security strategy as a country that violates international obligations, and which has sponsored terrorist acts outside its territory. Given such an approach the United States, is difficult to imagine a future of peace in the region. However, the world in comparison with the "powder keg" region as such never existed. Frozen conflicts often.

Thus, by mastering nuclear technologies at the level of possible purchase of atomic bombs, Iran can counteract asymmetrically in a conflict situation. The nuclear threat is a serious problem for any superpower. Atomic weapons provide even the smallest country with more independence and put it almost on par with any enemy.

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