Why can't Iran have nuclear weapons?
I know they are dangerous and I'm totally against them having any but in terms of fairness, why can't they have nuclear weapons if the U.S., Russia and other nations have them? What are the claims by these nations that they are right in keeping the nuclear weapons they have? Sorry if this sounds too much like school but I'm just wondering.
- The First DragonLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Nuclear weapons are very dangerous. Almost since they were first invented, people have been trying to keep them under control. That is why both the USA and the USSR, as well as many other countries, signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Even if neither side was willing to give them up single-handedly, they understood that the fewer nations have nuclear weapons, the safer humanity will be.
During the Cold War, the West and the Communist countries maintained relative peace using the doctrine of "Mutually Assured Destruction," i.e. that either country had enough nukes to destroy human life on earth; so nobody dared use them.
At this point in history, however, nukes are largely used to prevent anybody from attacking, or even defending themselves. Nobody messes with North Korea because it has The Bomb. Iran is much more invasive than North Korea is, and we sure don't want them having The Bomb.
- Jimmy CLv 78 years ago
Iran is not building nuclear weapons. Israel, dangerous and armed with nuclear weapons, is threatening to start a war with Iran. The US backs Israel, so there is a possibility of another nonsensical war.
Remember when they said iraq had weapons of mass destruction? There weren't any. Now they are trying to scare americans into supporting an attack on Iran, which is not a danger at all.
By the way, Iran has as much right to build nuclear weapons as the countries that are threatening it, IF they ever decide to build them.
- Anonymous8 years ago
Why do we continue to maintain a nuclear arsenal? Because it has proven impossible to persuade all seven of the nuclear-armed nations to reduce or dismantle the nukes they have. As long as any other nation has nuclear weapons, the U.S. will continue maintaining its nuclear arsenal. This is only common sense, as ownership of nuclear weapons is a deterrent against nuclear attack from another country. Mutually Assured Destruction has kept us out of nuclear war ever since the USSR produced its first atomic weapons.
We can only hope that future world leaders will not be suicidal
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejab is a hate and death mongerer who calls for destruction of several countries. Neither he nor the country of Iran can be trusted with nuclear weapons.
- joesmithLv 48 years ago
because it is illegal under article 2 of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty. when a country signs and ratifies a legally binding international treaty making nuclear weapons illegal they do not have a right to them.
article 2 of the NPT makes aqcuiring nuclear weapons illegal, this article applies to 185 countries who have signed and ratified this treaty. article 3 mandates the IAEA to oversee this process and the director general reports to the UN security council
Each non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes not to receive the transfer from any transferor whatsoever of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or of control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly; not to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices; and not to seek or receive any assistance in the manufacture of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.
Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty
this treaty was designed to stop the flow of nuclear weapons while still allowing for the peaceful transfer of nuclear power technology (nuclear reactors)
countries that have signed and ratified the NPT
iran is a member of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and ratified it in 1970, making Iran's nuclear program subject to IAEA verification. this treaty is legally binding. iran also signed the text of the agreement between iran and the agency for the application of safegaurds in connection with the treaty on the non proliferation of nuclear weapons. this agreement entered force on may 15 1974
Opened for signature in 1968, the Treaty entered into force in 1970. On 11 May 1995, the Treaty was extended indefinitely. A total of 190 parties have joined the Treaty. More countries have ratified the NPT than any other arms limitation and disarmament agreement.
this treaty recognizes 5 nuclear powers china, france, russia, america, and the uk. these countries all had nuclear weapons when this treaty came into force and are legal under article 1 of the NPT. nuclear powers are covered under article 1 and 6 of the NPT
israel, india, and pakistan never signed or ratified this treaty and are not bound by it, they do not have to submit to IAEA inspectors since they have not signed or ratified this treaty
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- Anonymous8 years ago
Iran DOESN'T WANT bombs (and says NO Country has the right to have them because such weapons kill lots of innocent people and so having them is Forbidden in Islam).
And if Iran wanted them, it wouldn’t need anyone's permission and No Country could stop it from having them....Source(s): the Truth
- Boise BrettLv 78 years ago
Because they would use them for no good, while the US and Russia just have them more as a symbol of protection.