April 14, 2012
WASHINGTON – An Israeli strike on Iran won’t destroy the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and will only exacerbate the conflict, a former Mideast adviser to the US secretary of defense warned on Friday.
Dr. Colin Kahl, now a Georgetown professor, posited that the upcoming talks between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany could yield an initial agreement over the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear development, but the US isn’t likely to remove all sanctions it has placed on the country.
According to Kahl, who served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East at the Pentagon from 2009 to 2011, the foremost demands that the US will lay down during the negotiations will be for Tehran to halt 20% uranium enrichment, the removal of enriched uranium from Iran and the termination activity at the Fordow plant.
The 20%-enriched uranium poses a serious threat to the US andIsrael, he noted, due to the fact it could facilitate the development of a nuclear bomb.
This article was posted: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 4:07 am