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U.S. Policy on Iran

November 16, 2007 • Volume 17, Issue 41
Would a nuclear-armed Iran endanger the United States?
By Peter Katel

Introduction

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York in September. He denies U.S. claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and aiding insurgents in the Iraq War.  (AFP/Getty Images/Timothy A. Clary)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York in September. He denies U.S. claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and aiding insurgents in the Iraq War. (AFP/Getty Images/Timothy A. Clary)

The Bush administration is turning up the heat on Iran. In October President Bush said Iran's nuclear program raised the specter of World War III. Then Vice President Cheney warned of "serious consequences" if Iran stayed on course as a "terror-supporting state." The heated rhetoric is widely seen as calculated to raise the specter of military action against Iran. Indeed, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls the United States an international bully that's keeping Iraq violent to justify continued occupation. He also vows to maintain Iran's nuclear development program, which he says is not for creating weapons. But many observers — Israelis particularly — see the effort as a grave threat, prompting some U.S. hawks to advocate a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Other Iran-watchers say military action could further endanger U.S. forces fighting next door in Iraq. They urge the administration to aid dissidents rather than counter Iran by military force.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Nov. 16, 2007  U.S. Policy on Iran
Dec. 18, 1998  Reform in Iran
Aug. 29, 1986  Iran's Revolt Within
Jan. 26, 1979  Iran Between East and West
Apr. 26, 1974  Resurgent Iran
Apr. 04, 1962  Iran: Reform or Revolt
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Arms Control and Disarmament
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