National Security Brief: Report Says Iran’s Nuclear Program Can’t Be ‘Bombed Away’

A new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Federation of American Scientists says that Iran’s nuclear program cannot be “bombed away” and that diplomacy was the only way to keep it peaceful. “Given the country’s indigenous knowledge and expertise, the only long-term solution for assuring that Iran’s nuclear program remains purely peaceful is to find a mutually agreeable diplomatic solution,” the report said.

That assessment echos what former and current U.S. and Israeli security officials have said. Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said last year that he agrees that an attack “could only delay” Iran’s nuclear program.

The report also said, according to Reuters, that Iran will continue its nuclear program despite the fact that it yields the country few gains and costs well over $100 billion in lost oil revenue and foreign investment.

Meanwhile, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukia Amano told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he’s concerned that Iran may still be secretly working on a nuclear weapons program.

According a U.S. National Intelligence Estimate in 2007, Iran ceased it’s work on nuclear weapons in 2003, and maintains that its nuclear program now is designed for civilian purposes, but Amano isn’t so sure. “We do not know for sure, but we have information indicating that Iran was engaged in activities relevant to the development of nuclear explosive devices in the past and now,” he said, adding that the IAEA’s information was “cross checked … so we have concerns.”

In other news:

  • The Guardian reports: Hundreds of Europeans have travelled to Syria since the start of the civil war to fight against the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, the most comprehensive study of European foreign fighters to date has found.
  • The Wall Street Journal reports: South Korea is pressing the Obama administration for U.S. permission to produce its own nuclear fuel, a move that nonproliferation experts said could trigger a wider nuclear-arms race in North Asia and the Middle East.
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