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Defense Security Contends Iran Still a Threat

The New York Times reports that Defense Security Robert M. Gates believes that Iran is still threat even without nuclear weapons.

Days ago the United States intelligence report showed that Iran had frozen its nuclear weapons program. However Gates said that they could restart the program at anytime.

He also said that while nuclear weapons may not be present other risks are still likely.

“I assume that it will also embrace as valid American intelligence assessments of its funding and training of militia groups in Iraq, its deployment of lethal weapons and technology to both Iraq and Afghanistan, its ongoing support of terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas that have murdered thousands of innocent civilians and its continued research and development of medium-range ballistic missiles that are not particularly cost-effective unless equipped with warheads carrying weapons of mass destruction,? Gates said. (New York Times)

Opposition to the U.S. Middle East policy have criticized the U.S. for allowing Israel to maintain a nuclear arsenal while condemning other countries efforts.

The Washington Post reports Gates taking a strong stance against Iran.

"Everywhere you turn, it is the policy of Iran to foment instability and chaos, no matter the strategic value or cost in the blood of innocents," Gates said in a speech to defense leaders from 23 countries attending the Manama Dialogue, a security conference organized by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. (Washington Post)

He also stated that all Arab nations should help and aid the Iraq government for if Iraq fails as a state the Middle East will be in trouble.