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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nuclear deal could fuel arms race

The nuclear agreement with Iran could fuel the very arms race in the Middle East that it is supposed to prevent, the centre-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung fears: "Because the deal doesn't solve the fundamental problem: Iran remains an emerging nuclear power. The agreement puts Tehran's nuclear programme in chains for ten to fifteen years but it won't prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb in the foreseeable future. It simply postpones the time when Tehran will be able to do this. Iran's rivals - especially Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, but perhaps also Egypt or Turkey - will look very closely and calmly in the coming years at the questions of whether they shouldn't try to get their own nuclear bomb before Tehran gets it. … The times when the disarmament of as many nuclear bombs as possible was the declared goal of the nuclear weapon states are over. Russia has shown that being a nuclear power means you can cannibalise your neighbours."

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