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Ryan Mauro: Where Is the ‘Red Line’ on Iran?

Posted on March 2 2010 5:24 pm
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by Ryan Mauro

There is no more important question today than “what is the red line that Israel won’t allow Iran to cross?” Over the years, we’ve been given different answers. Originally, it was the capacity to quickly produce a nuclear weapon, allowing Iran to minimize the time between the decision to become nuclear-armed and the completion of that goal, paralyzing the West into inaction with its speed. We’ve heard that the actual construction of a bomb is the red line, but then there are those that say the capability to deliver that weapon with a warhead is the red line.

The latest IAEA report leaves little room for optimism. The White House spokesman Robert Gibbs shrugged off Ahmadinejad’s announcement that Iran was enriching uranium to 20 percent, owing it to bravado and an attempt to inflate the country’s technical capacity. As it turned out, Iran wasn’t lying this time. The IAEA confirmed that Iran enriched some of its uranium of about 3.5 percent purity to 20 percent in two days.

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