As the deadline for Iran to halt its nuclear enrichment activities approaches, it has become apparent that Iran will remain defiant and continue to pursue its rogue program. This decision is unacceptable and dangerous.

A nuclear Iran would pose a grave threat to the United States and world stability. While Iranian leaders claim their nuclear program is "peaceful," unfortunately, they cannot be trusted. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has explicitly called for Israel's destruction and stated "we shall soon experience a world without the United States." Such a leader would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons against those he so vehemently opposes.

As the United States continues to explore its options for dealing with Iran, I am pleased the Bush Administration has indicated its willingness to impose sanctions outside the realm of the United Nations. The fate of our nation cannot be left to those who turn a blind eye to Iran's continued defiance of the world's demands.