Middle East tensions: Israel and Iran play nuclear poker

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the new centrifuge for uranium enrichment (photo:dpa)
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the new centrifuge for uranium enrichment (photo:dpa)

Iran seeks international recognition to make its own decisions on its nuclear programme while Israel uses Iran’s nuclear threat as an excuse to shred the international agenda on Palestine. But this posturing could get out of hand. GIS expert Dr Uwe Nerlich explains the genesis of this tension in this special three-part series.

NUCLEAR weapons have become marginal nearly a quarter of a century since the Cold War ended in 1991.

This was the main achievement of the Cold War tensions between the West and the Soviet Union which began in 1945. It established using control of nuclear weapons as a framework for steering political processes.

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