Iran, Diplomacy and the Military Option

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Iran is adamant about research that could lead to nuclear weapons, so Western Europe is no longer playing "good cop" to America's "bad cop." In just two weeks, the International Atomic Energy Agency's policy board will meet to decide if Iran should be referred to the UN Security Council. Israel is the latest nation asking Russia to approve in advance a package of sanctions if Iran continues the research program that could lead to nuclear weapons. Even if Russia and China go along, Iran says it'll retaliate against any sanctions the UN might impose. Meantime, US Senators of both parties say the "military option" should be on the table. Will Iran back down if it thinks the threat of attack is real? What diplomatic alternatives are not being explored? Have the western nations picked a fight they can't win?
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USA Today article on Supreme Court abortion decision

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran

Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)

Senator McCain on military option against Iran, on Face the Nation

Senator Schumer on military option against Iran, on Fox News Sunday

Linzer's article on US winning European support for Iran to halt nuclear program

NASA's New Horizons mission



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