DUBAI - Iran will pursue its nuclear quest although it has
reaped few gains from a totem of national pride that has cost it well over $100
billion in lost oil revenue and foreign investment alone, two think-tanks said
A report by the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace and the Federation of American Scientists said Iran's atomic
work could not simply be ended or "bombed away" and that diplomacy was the only
way to keep it peaceful.
"It is entangled with too much pride - however
misguided - and sunk costs simply to be abandoned," the report's authors, Ali
Vaez of the International Crisis Group and Carnegie's Karim Sadjadpour, said of
Iran's five-decade-old nuclear program, which began under the US-allied
"Given the country's indigenous knowledge and expertise, the only
long-term solution for assuring that Iran's nuclear program remains purely
peaceful is to find a mutually agreeable diplomatic solution," the report
Iran says its nuclear work has medical uses and will produce energy
to meet domestic demand and complement its oil reserves.
States and other states suspect Iran is covertly seeking a nuclear arms
capability. Israel has threatened military action to prevent the Islamic
Republic from acquiring atom bombs. Tehran denies pursuing nuclear weapons.