Iran 'has capability to develop nuclear weapons'
Robert G. Joseph, the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control flatly stated as such in a press conference.
President Bush, approving of a decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council, said in a statement Saturday that Iran was "continuing to develop the capability to build nuclear weapons."
Joseph took it a step further. "I would say that Iran does have the capability to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them," he said in a response to a question.
While this is getting a lot of coverage, Joseph stated nothing new. That Iran has the 'capability' to produce nuclear weapons was never questioned. The matter has been whether or not they are going down that road.
What should be noted from this report is that Joseph himself stated that it was the 'democratic process' that bought Iran the time to develop this capability, sold to it by a world unwilling to confront them and stop them.
Yet, even after this recognition, the Undersecretary of State of Arms Control reaffirmed his support for the process of buying and selling time.
With the Europeans having declared two years of negotiations with Iran at a dead-end, Joseph said "there is no end of diplomacy" and that taking Iran to the Security Council was "moving diplomacy to the next level."
"We are giving every chance to diplomacy to work," Joseph said.
Just like the growing support for properly funding and supporting internal Iranian dissident groups, the referal to the UN Security Council, while a positive step, will have proven to have come far too late.
The West seems to perpetually insist on lagging behind the time curve of influence.