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Iran nuclear issue should be resolved via peaceful means

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

13:46, January 13, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The Iranian nuclear issue has become a major topic of debate during the pre-primary stages of the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Certain presidential candidates have called for a war against Iran.

Iran's nuclear program has been a long-standing issue. For many years, U.S. decision-makers have been debating over whether a war should be launched against Iran. Pro-war politicians believe that the war can prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Those opposed to a war consider it insane to remove just a possible threat through military means, and believe that the most effective solution to the issue is political dialogue and other peaceful means. They have warned that military means will only lead to an all-out war and a global economic crisis, and bring about incalculable disastrous consequences.

Voice of reason has prevailed for many years. Threat or use of force will not help completely or properly resolve the issue, while diplomatic tools and the policy of engagement will bring positive results. Military means may bring a temporary hollow victory, but can often lead to unforeseeable adverse consequences, putting warring states in a difficult dilemma.

However, there is now a growing call in the United States for a war on Iran due to people's increasing concern over the long-standing nuclear issue, new geopolitical pattern in West Asia and North Africa, and U.S. presidential election.

During presidential elections, the country's domestic politics tend to exert more active influence over its foreign policy. In order to win more votes, presidential candidates tend to become tougher on foreign affairs, and often deliberately hype certain issues to attack their opponents.

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