Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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President Obama has said his Administration shares the goals of previous Administrations to contain Irans strategic capabilities and regional influence. The Administration has not changed the previous Administrations characterization of Iran as a profound threat to U.S. national security interests, a perception generated not only by Irans nuclear program but also by its military assistance to armed groups in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the Palestinian group Hamas, and to Lebanese Hezbollah. The Obama Administration formulated approaches to achieve those goals that differ from those of its predecessor by expanding direct diplomatic engagement with Irans government and by downplaying discussion of potential U.S. military action against Iranian nuclear facilities. However, the domestic unrest in Iran that has burgeoned since alleged fraud in Irans June 12, 2009, presidential election has presented the Administration with a choice of whether to continue to engage Irans government or to back the growing ranks of the Iranian opposition.
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