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Despite American sanctions on Iran, the Middle Eastern government has declared that it will continue to run nuclear missile weapons testing. Recently, the country has made several attempts at strengthening its military. Considering the global community’s concerns about the instability of the Middle Eastern region as well as fears about what problems could arise as a result of a strong Iranian military these attempts have all been met with international discouragement. The nuclear program in Iran is regulated through a series of international agreements. Despite this, the Iranian government was found to have been testing a multitude of medium-range ballistic missiles, also revealing a new destroyer with radar-evading capabilities, raising concern of potential surprise attacks. The United States had recently been instructed by the United Nations to mind its sanctions on the state of Iran to ensure that these do not have unintended negative consequences on the social, economic, and physical well-being of the Iranian people. However, news of the most recent round of nuclear testing prompted the American State Department to reinstate oil and financial sanctions on the country.
In response to the announcement made by the United States government regarding the return of these sanctions, President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran has no intention to adhere to the sanctions due to the drastic effects which it would have on the country’s economy. The animosity between the two countries is reminiscent of Cold War-era tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union. A nuclear arm’s race in today’s politically unstable climate would pose large threats to the progress of world peace. The current events suggest that policies towards global disarmament should be more ubiquitously enacted. Yet, as long as the world’s most powerful countries continue to promote and strengthen their military capabilities, developing countries will continue to follow suit in order to achieve a similar level of status. With the world’s collective military power and global political tensions on the rise, it is unsettling to consider that countries continue to develop their weapons of mass destruction.
It is critical that the United Nations continues to be an advocate for human rights and global peace and security, and with the United States being at the forefront of the institution, it would go a long way for the country to lead by example and cease the development of its own nuclear arsenal. Countries such as Iran do not have any incentive to discontinue their own attempts to increase the strengths of their military when other countries are refusing to do the same. There is potential for a turning point if the global community can come to a consensus on nuclear disarmament and work towards an arms-free planet.