Iran Calms Nuclear Threats


An unidentified Iranian missile stands on display in front of a large portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a square in south Tehran on September 28, 2008.

It’s not the season for nuclear escalation, thinks Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. According to U.S., European, and Israeli officials, Khamenei is keeping the country’s nuclear program within limits demanded by Israel in a move to consolidate his political position in the upcoming June election. These officials say he hopes to replace President Ahmadinejad with a closer ally and wants to quiet international tensions. For now. So don’t breathe that sigh of relief yet—experts say Iran’s uranium could be enriched to weapons-grade very quickly.