Medical Consequences of a Nuclear Attack on Iran

Global Research Editor’s Note

In this report published in 2006, the PSR tends to support US sponsored pressures on Iran regarding its alleged nuclear weapons program : “The use of nuclear weapons against Iran would be illegal under international law. Their use would outrage the international community because of the scale of the medical and environmental catastrophe that would result. PSR urges the President to use diplomatic means to resolve this crisis in the months and years before Iran is likely to achieve nuclear weapons capability. Iran must be engaged and pulled back into the international community.”

The PSR’s most recent stance, following the release of the December 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, acknowledges that Iran does not have a nuclear program.  “But just as no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, a U.S. National Intelligence Estimate proclaims that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program.” According to former PSR president, Dr. Thomasson, in a recent statement: “because Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program the president has changed his rhetoric to convince the U.S. public that Iran should be attacked because it is interfering with our goals in Iraq.  The Congress must demonstrate greater oversight so that America cannot be misled again.”

22 June 2008



Factsheet — May 2006

Introduction

Reports in the Washington Post1 and by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker2 state that the Pentagon is preparing plans for a possible assault on Iran. The administration is simultaneously asking the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to approve a “chapter seven” resolution, allowing sanctions or military action against Iran. Military planning is said to include options for both limited and more wide-ranging air strikes, with the intent of destroying either a few nuclear facilities, or as many as 400 nuclear and military sites. Both the Post and Hersh in the New Yorker speculated about the possible use of nuclear weapons against targets in Natanz and Isfahan. Detailed consideration of the major health consequences of U.S. actions should be an integral part of national security decision-making. This fact sheet examines the likely medical consequences of even a limited nuclear attack on Iran of the kind under consideration by the Pentagon.

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