The Islamic Republic of Iran refuses to cooperate with IAEA inspectors, has pursued nuclear weapons technologies covertly, stockpiles enriched uranium that it can rapidly convert to bomb fuel, constructs reactors that provide a pathway to plutonium-fueled bombs and was caught building a buried enrichment facility. Despite being hit with international sanctions, Iran has accelerated its enrichment operations -- to the dismay of the international community and Tehran's neighbors in the Middle East. As tension mounts in the standoff over Iran's nuclear program -- and speculation brews about strikes to nip it -- here are some crisp and straightforward insights into the Islamic Republic.
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Within days of Hasan Rowhani’s election as Iran’s president, the White House and several European governments were already ecstatic at the possibility of resuming negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear-weapons program.
Editor's Note: The following is an interview posted by National Review Online about the latest developments in Iran.
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Analyzing the patterns and nuances of the IRGC's public statements provides critical insight into the way some of Iran’s decision-makers are thinking about their security challenges and their own strategies.