Defusing Iran's Nuclear Threat

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Russian (L and R) and Iranian operators monitor the nuclear power plant unit in Bushehr, about 1,215 km (755 miles) south of Tehran, November 30, 2009

Russian and Iranian operators monitor the nuclear power plant unit in Bushehr, about 755 miles south of Tehran, November 30, 2009

Photo by Mehdi Ghasemi/Reuters/ISNA

June 14, 2012

With the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany) set to resume talks with Iran in Moscow regarding the country's nuclear program, diplomats have expressed mixed sentiments about whether the parties will make headway on negotiations. In the meantime, Iran's economy continues to endure the high cost of sanctions and faces the possibility of an EU oil embargo beginning in July.

"Iran wants to be seen as the dominant power in the Persian Gulf and the wider Middle East, but there's also an issue of revolutionary and nationalist pride. When Ayatollah Ali Khamenei talks about the nuclear program, he talks about Iran's scientific achievements, especially in the face of its increasing isolation and sanctions."

— Alireza Nader, senior international policy analyst