San Francisco (Obama.net)- The potential problem of weapons of mass destruction has been on the top of the minds of American government officials for years. Ever since the invention of nuclear weapons, the dangers presented by the weapons have influenced political decisions and relations between states heavily. Iran has been banned from possessing nuclear weapons for years as the weapons are only permitted to be maintained by members of the United Nations Security Council.
Iran has still been proceeding with plans to start harnessing nuclear power. Iranian officials assert that the nuclear technology will be used solely for peaceful reasons, such as providing electricity to their people.
The city of Bushehr is the first nuclear plant in Iran to begin to be fueled in Iran.
The fueling process was overseen by officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as government officials from Iran and Russia.
Iranian officials say that it will be at least two months before the electricity will begin to be produced and be available for use by the Iranian people.
President Barack Obama recently sanctioned Iran for their use of nuclear technology as the United States, the United Nations, and other members of the international community all believe that the power may be used for nuclear weapons in the future.
However, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei believes that Iran has all the right in the world to have nuclear energy plants.
Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesperson, has said that Iran does not need to make its own nuclear energy because, as evidenced by Russia’s assistance on Saturday, Iran can simply get the power from Russia and other states to provide electricity for its people.
Iran’s actions have led to the blacklisting of numerous banks, businesses, and individuals in the state by the rest of the international community. The Iranian economy is expected to drop due to the lack of international business that will result from the sanctions.
While the majority of the world does not approve of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, time will tell whether or not the nuclear power will only be used for peaceful reasons, or if nuclear weapon construction is in the Middle Eastern state’s future.