A Nuclear Iran
The Best Course of Action
for the United States
~ Kreagan Kennedy and Jacob Williams ~
History with Iran
1968 1979 2002 2004 2006
Iran Iranian Iran goes Agreement Russia provides
Ratifies Hostage public; U.S. with European fuel; takes away
NPT Crisis refuses to countries to waste. IAEA
negotiate keep uranium inspectors
enrichment to allowed in with
civilian levels mixed findings.
Current U.S. Relations with
After 9/11, Iran and U.S. interests in
Iran helped us in Afghanistan post-9/11,
assisting in over throw of Taliban.
We only kept an eye on them because of
developmental concerns due to terrorist
groups friendly with Iran, such as
Protecting Our Interests
Oil rich countries neighboring Iran are crucial to
the United State’s economy.
Our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are close to
Many of our European allies have economic
interests in Iran.
Israel, a chief ally of the United States, is not
exactly on good terms with Iran.
Role of War on Terrorism
Due to the war on terrorism, many U.S.
troops are stationed in countries near
Our soldiers are on Iran’s doorstep, not
thousands of miles away.
There are possible terrorists in Iran,
Hezbollah included, who pose a threat if
given nuclear capabilities.
Sites in Iran
The Iranian government
and people feel it is their
right to have nuclear
This doesn’t mean
weapons but low-cost,
higher technology energy
Iran wants the diplomatic
power that being a
nuclear capable country
Negotiate with Iran and allow them to have a
nuclear program, but make sure it is closely
supervised by the IAEA so that the enrichment
level of the uranium remains civilian.
Russia, the United States, and the European
Union should be involved with the supervision
and protection of a civilian nuclear program in
If our relationship with Iran becomes positive,
they will be less inclined to attempt to produce
Negatives of our Position
With IAEA supervision, the Iranian facilities
would be regulated for civilian use, but having
supervisors doesn’t necessarily mean that Iran
won’t be working towards nuclear weapons.
Without decisive action, the Iranian enrichment
programs could easily continue, unbeknownst to
the foreign officials supposed to be carefully
watching the program, to keep it civilian.
Faults of other Plans
If strict sanctions were instated, European
countries with interests in Iran would be greatly
affected, and the world economy would be hurt.
Our European allies would not appreciate harsh
sanctions that affect them economically. It is
also unlikely with these countries on the UN
security council that sanctions will be approved.
Furthermore, Iran has stated that the sanctions
will not affect them, and that they will be
undeterred, so they are a less powerful option.
Faults of other Plans…cont’d
Military action would result in anti-
American sentiment in the region.
Casualties would likely occur, and our
positions in Iraq and Afghanistan would
be affected. By acting militarily the
United States would be breaching
Iran’s Priority Level
on Our Global Agenda
The North Korean situation takes higher priority-
threat more imminent.
Unknown intentions in terms of nuclear
If it is allowed to escalate, possibly another
Iran has been relatively open to foreign