Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Obama Administration has continued the long-standing characterization of Iran as a profound threat to U.S. national security interests. This threat perception has been 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. In its first year, the Obama Administration altered the previous U.S. approach by expanding direct diplomatic engagement with Irans government and by offering Irans leaders an alternative vision of closer integration with and acceptance by the West. To try to convince Iranian leaders of peaceful U.S. intent, the Obama Administration downplayed discussion of potential U.S. military action against Iranian nuclear facilities and repeatedly insisted that it did not seek to change Irans regime. It held to this position even at the height of the protests by the domestic opposition Green movement that emerged following Irans June 12, 2009, presidential election.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Intelligence
- Nuclear Weapons