Clear choice against nuclear programs


The use of nuclear weapons is a controversial issue in today’s world. The majority of people all over the world do not want more nations to have nuclear weapons.

Iran, on the contrary, is believed to have been developing their nuclear program and wants to possess fully-working nuclear weapons. The nation has insisted its nuclear development program has a peaceful purpose. However, there are those in the world who are skeptical about Iranian insistence.

Akira Komatsu is a senior global journalism major and a staff writer for The Journal.

As a result, the U.N. Security Council has adopted sanctions against Iran, which has been preparing for its nuclear enrichment program. The International Atomic Energy Agency has also passed resolutions against the Iranian nuclear program. Both the United States and the European Union have also recently begun imposing severe economic sanctions on Iran. In response to such movements, Iran has become frustrated about these sanctions and has begun to threaten the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, the most important sea lane for oil transportation in the world.  The Strait of Hormuz is an important international open seaway that connects the Gulf of Persia and the Arabian Sea. The world does not want to have more nations with nuclear weapons. Iran should solve conflicts without using nuclear weapons.

People in the world need to understand how much misery nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants can cause. Unfortunately, Japan suffered unusually frequent unhappiness and destruction because of nuclear weapons dropped during World War II. This was followed decades later by the nuclear power plants crisis on March 11, 2011.  Human beings are capable of producing nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants, but they are not necessarily able to control them rationally and technically once they have developed them. The goal should be to become a world without nuclear weapons.

People in the world should pay attention to the results of using nuclear weapons and to the nuclear power plants accidents in Japan. The leaders in the world, especially Iranian leaders, should visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and also inspect how Japan has been affected and contaminated by accidents at its nuclear power plants last year.

Iran has been isolated from the world mainly because of the dangerous nuclear power program, and it has lost the reasonable ability of sound judgment. Iran should step back and abandon its harsh foreign policies to help keep harmony in the world.

When a cat hunts down a mouse, the mouse will bite the cat. In the recent Iranian situations, Iran seemingly has an intention to block the Strait of Hormuz against economical and financial sanctions by the E.U. and the United States. The rat is biting back.

Tankers from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq come and go through the Strait. Approximately 20 percent of the world’s crude oil supply and about 20 percent of the United States’ imported oil pass through the Strait of Hormuz. If Iran were to close the Strait, what would happen? The price of oil would rise even higher.

The United States could consider taking a military option in order to secure the international open sea if Iran blocks the Strait of Hormuz. It is clear that it is impossible for Iran to close militarily the important sea lane to the world.

Unfortunately, leaders will probably make an outrageous decision and start a war when they are driven into a tight corner. In the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein unreasonably invaded Kuwait, and his nation was attacked by the allied forces supported by a United Nations security resolution. Iran is now in almost the same situation. The military action in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran leads to the loss of all it has without fail.

On Jan. 23 at the foreign ministers’ meeting of the E.U., the European Union decided to impose and oil embargo against Iran and to freeze its central bank’s assets. The sanctions by the E.U. and the U.S. will do damage to Iranian economy because Iran depends on its oil exports for foreign income.

The nations which import crude oil from Iran should follow the example of the E. U., and stop importing oil to observe the U. N. resolutions, even if Iran sells its oil cheaper.

At the U.N. Security Council, Russia and China are always the supporters of Iran, and they are against strong sanctions against Iran to stop its nuclear program.

Both nations are reluctant to enact the sanctions against Iran.  China will be glad that it can import the large amount of oil at a low cost.  China and Russia have refused sanctions and called for meetings to solve the Iranian nuclear program, but it is quite impossible to solve the problem through negotiations. Iran will not give up its nuclear program through these negotiations. Strong economical sanctions are necessary for Iran to abandon its nuclear program. Nothing is better than to let Iran know a nuclear program does not pay through the sanctions after all. The Iranian case is a good one in which no nations should think of developing nuclear program to make nuclear weapons.

Iran should understand that anuclear program is not worth developing because

it cannot survive without the cooperation of other nations in the world. It is very unwise for Iran to destroy its nation by sticking to its nuclear program.

Nuclear programs only make enemies in the world and are criticized by the world’s organizations. It’s about time for Iran to accept the complete inspection by International Atomic Energy Agency and declare it will never develop atomic weapons.

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