The United States military establishment will begin preparations for the threat of long-range missiles from Iran, a move that may confirm the future existence of a nuclear-armed Iran.
As the United States and its allies begin to come to terms with the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran - an acknowledgement that is becoming an increasingly public spectacle - the Pentagon has begun to structure a more modern missile war game program, replacing the North Korean threat with that represented in Iran.
While the long-range missile threat from Iran is not as far along as originally thought, it has become worthy of the Pentagon's attention. And this - in itself - may be a testament to the intermediate future that may be presented to the world.
While it was recently uncovered that Iranian nuclear institutions have been pursuing a trigger mechanism - in a clear indication of their intent to develop nuclear weapons - Iran has long contended that its interests in nuclear development is strictly for domestic energy purposes.
Western nations have been appealing to Russia and China to support tougher sanctions on Iran should Iranian authorities miss a year-end deadline to agree on shipping Iranian nuclear fuel to select foreign countries for processing. Iran has denied this request to date.