Iran has warned the United States not to return an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf after Tehran conducted 10 days of
So here's the scenario. A sovereign nation in the Middle East is accused of developing weapons of mass destruction. The dictatorial leader is portrayed as psychotic and deranged across the western media, seemingly capable of anything.
Countering the spread of WMD is one of the most important challenges we face in building a peaceful and secure 21st century. Whilst public attention is always focussed on nuclear issues, that doesn't just mean countering those illegal weapons programmes.
Unless there is a major change in Iran's strategic calculus, which is not foreseeable at the moment, it is time to start thinking about policies to deal with a nuclear Iran.
Wise counsel such as this was largely ignored in the run up to the war in Iraq, and such were the consequences that few thought such blundering would ever occur again.
Presented to the IAEA's board of governors in Vienna today, the report is not the "smoking gun" widely seen as necessary to trigger military strikes on Iran, but it is nonetheless being heralded in some quarters as a watershed moment in the standoff between Iran and the West.