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Senate approves new anti-Iran resolution
Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:20PM
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On Saturday, the U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution 90-1 expressing the sentiment that the U.S. must “do everything possible” to prevent Iran from developing nuclear capabilities.

 

The resolution came out of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demands for a “red line” by the U.S. on military action, and while the resolution is not in and of itself an authorization for military action it continues to express the sentiment that an offensive war against Iran is a viable option.

 

The sole “no” vote was cast by Sen. Rand Paul (R - KY), who argued that the resolution would inevitably be used as an excuse for the use of military force against Iran. Sen. Paul went on to say he is opposed to containment as well.

 

The resolution also demands Iran forever abandon its right to enrich uranium for civilian purposes. Antiwar

FACTS & FIGURES

The Senate bill comes as cracks have appeared in U.S.-Israel relations in the wake of the U.S. rejection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s open bellicosity in pressuring Washington to set ‘red lines’ for Iran's nuclear energy activities.

 

Israel has recently stepped up threats of carrying out a unilateral strike against Iran’s nuclear energy facilities.

 

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with the Israeli regime repeatedly threatening Tehran with a military strike to pressure it to halt its peaceful nuclear energy work.

 

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The United States has 5,113 warheads in its nuclear arsenal, according to Washington Post.

 

On September 19, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the Islamic Republic currently enjoys the defensive military capacity to obliterate the Israeli regime.

AHT/HJ

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