Overstating Iran's nuclear threat hurts efforts to end it peacefully

Monday, January 17, 2011; 8:09 PM

The Jan. 13 editorial "The Iranian slowdown" stated, "The challenge for the Obama administration, Israel and other allies will be to make use of that window to force a definitive end to the Iranian bomb program."

However, there is no confirmation that such a bomb program exists. In fact, within the past year, the director of national intelligence has twice said, "We do not know . . . if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons."

Conflating Iran's desire for uranium enrichment - which is as useful for nuclear power as it is for weapons - with a bomb program is misleading and unhelpful in reaching a just and peaceful resolution to the issue.

Yousaf M. Butt, Cambridge, Mass.

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