This afternoon, March 31, 2015, Kit McFarland, a national security analyst stated, “This deal is going to encourage a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.” McFarland is speaking about the high level talks happening in Switzerland which includes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The self imposed deadline to control Iran’s nuclear energy program has now passed, though participants are continuing their efforts.
McFarland continued, “What are their [Iran] neighbors saying? They are saying ‘This isn’t stopping Iran. This is letting Iran become a nuclear state, and a rich nuclear weapons state’.” The talks have prompted neighboring states to take interest in beginning their own nuclear weapons programs for self defense.
In typical government fashion, unintended consequences are expected to erupt from the Iranian nuclear energy talks. With the stated goal to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapons program, but letting them keep their nuclear energy program, seems likely to have the opposite effect.
The United States, under President Barack Obama, has instituted economic sanctions against Iran for fear the Iranian government is using its nuclear energy program as a cover to produce nuclear weapons. The talks involve lift most, if not all, of those sanctions which includes frozen assets in the United States of Iranian leaders as well as keep certain trade from happening between Iran and several countries around the globe. But those sanctions, as is often the case, have not had the intended effect to cause civil unrest. Sanctions rarely work; however, it gives politicians the appearance they are being hard on an enemy when, in reality, it is doing nothing be creating more hatred for the country our countries instituting the sanctions.
To control the country’s inflation woes, many Iranians have turned to the stability of gold for transactions. Gold imports into Iran had dramatic increases as early as 2012 and it is used often for currency instead of the Iranian Rial.