Representantenes hus vedtok torsdag en resolusjon som slår fast at USA ikke kan godt at Iran får evne til å produsere atomvåpen. Dermed senker Representantenes hus terskelen for hva USA kan godta.

President Barack Obama har satt grensen ved atomvåpen.

Representantenes hus bruker en term som er mye videre og mer diffus, og det senker trusselterskelen. USA gir seg selv rett til å gripe inn på et tidligere tidspunkt.

The problem with this new formula, some nuclear experts say, is that no one knows exactly what “nuclear weapons capable” means. What the ambiguity of this new red line for Iran does do, others add, is lower the threshold at which military action would be undertaken to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

The House resolution, with 314 sponsors, calls on Mr. Obama “to reaffirm the unacceptability of an Iran with nuclear-weapons capability.” The resolution goes on to demand reaffirmation of US “opposition to any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat.”

House adopts hard line on Iran. Would stance move US closer to war?

A House resolution approved Thursday talks of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons ‘capability.’ It’s a murkier but redder line than obtaining weapons, and critics say it lowers the threshold for military action.