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The Iranian Trend And Geneva Nuclear Talks

Al-Monitor’s coverage of Iran as negotiations commence this week in Geneva with expectations of progress on the nuclear file, and implications for Syria and the region.
Iran's President Hassan Rohani (C) walks next to delegate members after speaking in a High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament during the 68th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX140O5

As the latest negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program with the P5+1 start in Geneva on Tuesday, it is worth recalling the collective wisdom of the US intelligence community about Tehran’s nuclear calculations, per the testimony of James Clapper, US Director of National Intelligence, before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on March 12, 2013:

“We assess Iran is developing nuclear capabilities to enhance its security, prestige, and regional influence and give it the ability to develop nuclear weapons, should a decision be made to do so. We do not know if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons.” 

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