Sen. Nelson to Iran: accept the consequences listen04/09/12 Janelle Irwin
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The United States has sent a second aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf raising concerns that continued U.S. intervention could spark conflict. At an unrelated event this morning in Town N Country, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson told WMNF the deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise is a response to President Barack Obamaâ€™s promise to thwart nuclear weapon development in Iran.
â€œThe President has clearly stated that if Iran continues developing a nuclear weapon, which would completely upset the balance of power not only in that part of the world but the entire world, then the United States will consider all options on the table which obviously means military action. I think what youâ€™re seeing is the movement of a second carrier into the Gulf is a part of that plan.â€
President Obama has also said that on April 15 he will formally demand that Iran shutdown The Furdo underground nuclear plant. That action, Nelson said, goes hand in hand with the continued demands to halt the production of uranium.
â€œWhat it says is that, â€˜you are not going to energize uranium to weapon-grade strengths so that you can develop a nuclear bombâ€™. And if Iran does not heed that warning, they will suffer the consequence.â€
According to the Washington Post, the CIA has had surveillance drones in place in Iran for three years to try to find evidence of a nuclear weapons program. And last week investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported in the New Yorker that the U.S. Special Operations Command trained a group listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. The group Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, is linked to the assassination of five Iranian nuclear scientists.