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Argument: Iran can be deterred from using a nuclear weapon

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Supporting evidence

Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution Kenneth Pollack writes on page 419 of The Persian Puzzle that, "The threat that Iran might give nuclear weapons to terrorists tends to receive far too much attention, but it cannot be dismissed. Iran has possessed chemical and biological weapons since the end of the Iran-Iraq War, and if it had wanted to, it could have provided these to any of the different Hizballahs it has spawned; to HAMAS, PIJ, or any other Palestinian rejectionist group; or to any of a half-dozen other groups. Tehran has never done so. It has never done so because it has never believed that these groups required such weapons and because it feared that if their use were ever traced back to Tehran, the retaliation it would suffer would outweigh any gains from the attack itself."


Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution Kenneth Pollack writes on page 416 of The Persian Puzzle that, "Our history with Iran suggests that this regime probably can be deterred, either from using its nuclear arsenal or from taking other aggressive actions in the belief that its nuclear arsenal will itself deter countermoves by the United States or other states. Although willing to tolerate very high costs when core interests are threatened, key members of this regime... have also demonstrated that they will concede in the face of heavy damage."

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