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Iran can be stopped

Sanctions and the threat of military action may dissuade Iran from building a bomb

By Mark Fitzpatrick   April 2012

A surface-to-surface missile is launched during a test in Iran, 20th August 2010

It is not inevitable that Iran will arm itself with nuclear weapons. Nor is a military strike by Israel or the United States the only alternative. Such worst-case assumptions could lead to another unnecessary war in the Middle East, this time possibly lasting a decade or more.

This is not to downplay Iran’s growing nuclear capabilities. It has developed more advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium—material that can power a reactor or produce an explosion. It has increased production of enriched uranium at a level that is close…

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