The US, Iran and Nuclear Diplomacy

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The now famous letter from President Ahmadinejad to President Bush was just the beginning. Today's Washington Post reports that Iran has lifted its long-time taboo against communication with the "Great Satan" and wants to talk about its nuclear program directly with the United States. The Bush Administration has said it's not interested and that military action's still "on the table." If Iran has changed its basic strategy, some diplomats say the US should do the same thing. Are direct negotiations the best way to prevent a confrontation over weapons of mass destruction? Will sanctions have to come first? Could the US live with a nuclear-armed Iran? We hear from journalists and experts on defense, nonproliferation, national security, Iran and the Middle East.
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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S 2611)

Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR 4437)

President Ahmadinejad's (May 8) letter to President Bush

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran

Senator Hagel on Iran strategy

Senator Lugar on Iran

TtP on FBI raid of Congressman Jefferson's home

Representatives Hastert and Pelosi on FBI raid, Houston Chronicle on

Congresswoman Pelosi's letter to Jefferson (Yahoo)



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