Iran is developing nukes and Ahmadinejad as good as admitted to it last week when he said Iran is capable of making nukes but doesn't want them. This so called Iranian space program where they send toy monkeys into space and bring it back down has less to do with space and more to do with covertly developing ICBMS. An ICBM leave the atmosphere and renters over its target as a result to avoid the thing burning up they need the kind of nosecones that can withstand atmospheric reentry that you find on space rockets. If Iran openly develops ICBMS then they will get the alarm bells ringing in the Pentagon and may pressure Obama into using air strikes to destroy the Iranian military machine out of fear for American security ( does the US want Iran to have a nuke that can hit the US ). If its done under the cover of a space program then suddenly the rocket development is no longer considered a threat so Obama who doesn't want to rock the boat, especially in an election year can continue to do nothing about Iran other than talk about new sanctions.
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