Politics

Poll: 99 Percent of Americans Say Iran's Nuclear Program is a 'Threat'

| by Michael Allen

According to a recent Gallup poll, 99 percent of Americans believe Iran’s nuclear program poses a "threat to the vital interests of the United States in the next 10 years," reports The Times of Israel.

While 83 percent said it was a "critical threat," another 16 percent said it was an “important, but not critical” threat. Only 1 percent did not consider Iran a threat.

However, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency has found no evidence Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program, and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in January that Iran is not currently building a nuclear weapon, reported USA Today.

Back in 2010, 70 percent of Americans believed that Iran had a nuclear weapon but were wrong, according to CNN.

In January, the International Atomic Energy Agency stated: “The IAEA can confirm that Iran has started the production of uranium enriched up to 20 percent using IR-1 centrifuges in the Fordo Fuel Enrichment Plant,” RIA Novosti reported.

The 20 percent uranium enrichment is far less than 90 percent, the amount required to make an atomic weapon.

Sources: Times of Israel and USA Today and CNN and RIA Novosti