Halting Iran’s nuclear programme is one of the West’s main defence objectives and the number one priority of Israel. But we weren’t always so scared of the idea of an Iranian nuclear programme. In fact both the United States and Europe played a key role in setting it up. We look back at Iran’s nuclear programme over the past 50 years. What began with the blessing of the Americans under the “Atoms for Peace” programme in the 1960s has turned into a deadly cat and mouse game with the IAEA. With the help of technology from China and Russia and centrifuges from Pakistan, Iran is now well on the way to developing nuclear weapons. What would be the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran? How would Israel react and can anything now be done to stop the nuclear programme?