Fears that Iran's missiles can go straight over Sweden - But should that happens, Iraq should expect to be wiped out cleanSunday, 13 November 2011
This week showed the clearest signal yet that Iran, despite its persistent protest to the contrary, is gaining ground in the design and construction of nuclear weapons.
The UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, reported on a series of clues to an Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Iran is reported to have worked on facilities to test explosive nuclear devices and Iranian scientists have worked to supply Iran's Shahab-3 missiles with nuclear warheads according to reports.
The missiles are determined to have the ability to reach places such as Israel and U.S. bases in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Iranians themselves have said they may or may not bother to develop missiles that go even further, to our part of Europe. But the U.S. information point in the opposite direction.
U.S. has talked about that Iran could have developed intercontinental missiles within a few years, and this has made the U.S. to be building along with a NATO missile defense in Europe.
The first American vessel is reported to be preparing to be in the Mediterranean for that purpose and at the spring summit in Chicago, it is expected that NATO countries will explain how the joint missile defence will become operational.
The express purpose is to provide a defense against Iranian nuclear missiles.
“Because they have sent up satellites in space, Iran has already shown that they have the technical capacity to make intercontinental missiles. Even today, Iran has missiles that reach to several European capitals, such as Sweden and according to our solidarity agreement we would help if they are threatened,” Fredrik Lindvall who is security policy analyst at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI, said, according Swedish daily Dangens Nyheter.
“The risk is small that we might be attacked, but Iran's willingness can change quickly, and should anyone want to threaten Europe, it is most rational to threaten someone who does not have an umbrella in the form of a missile defense. It should not be Sweden,” he says.
Daniel Nord, deputy director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute SIPRI says that Iran is known to have no program for intercontinental missiles and that it taken at least ten years to develop them. Yet he believes that Iranian nuclear weapons can have major consequences for Sweden.
“Sweden is a state that bases its security on the world's situation and which is living up to international rules and international law. Here, it could be about a state (Iran) that violates a very important agreement on arms control, non-proliferation treaty. And who might get away with it.”
“Would there be backlash because one or more countries, start bombing Iran without the support of the UN or an international law, it would further weaken the framework that Sweden wants to get drawn into. If Iran's nuclear preparations also lead to further nuclear proliferation in the world it will become a very dangerous situation,” said Daniel Nord according to Dagens Nyheter.
Hans Blix, who has been a Swedish foreign minister, Director General of IAEA and head of the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq, also sees other consequences for Sweden.
“The whole tug of war between NATO and Russia on a missile defence for Europe is obstruction in the way of a continuing detente and disarmament. We should be able to move forward with disarmament in Europe. But now the U.S. is painting Iran up as the greatest danger. One can ask whether the American military-industrial complex is behind a lot of this. They are always interested in painting that there are great dangers and risks. Before, it was mainly Al Qaeda, now it's Iran,” he says, adding:
“I have not noticed any enthusiasm in Europe to build a missile defense against Iran, The old model which is still in Europe is not enough. Iran knows that if they would send a nuclear missile at Europe, they will themselves be wiped out. I am sceptical of a European missile defense.”
By Scancomarkse Team
This is the view of Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, in an interview with Bloomberg News.
He says that the issue can become relevant again in the election year of 2014.
In February this year the state sold a record of Skr 19 billion worth of Nordea, but other planned sales of the likes of energy comany Vattenfall was stopped by the opposition.
By Scancomark.se Team
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