WASHINGTON - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said nothing can stop his country's nuclear program. He's even compared it to "a train with no brakes."
So what would a nuclear-armed Iran mean for the Middle East and the world?
Negotiations and United Nations sanctions have not worked against the country. Neither have warnings from both the United States and Israel of possible military action.
Through it all, the Iranian regime continues to enrich uranium in pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
Estimates on when Iran could acquire such a bomb range from as early as next year to as late as 2015.
But one thing seems certain -- the day is fast approaching when Iran's mullahs will join the nuclear club.
For the Middle East, that likely means a nuclear arms race, with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, and Egypt all seeking to keep pace with their powerful Iranian neighbor.
Iran would also have the ability to make its stated goal of wiping Israel off the map a reality. Israelis say they will not live with a nuclear Iran.
This atomic force would be a worldwide problem as well. In 2010, the Pentagon reported that Iran might have missiles that can reach the East Coast of the United States in the near future.
Iran already possess missiles that can reach into central Europe.
In his new thriller, Kiloton Threat, retired Army Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin takes a closer look at the devastating effects of a nuclear-armed Iran.
Check local listings to watch his interview on Thursday's edition of The 700 Club. Also, stay with CBNNews.com for his comments after 11 a.m. ET.