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CRS-Iran, October 5, 2009

CRS-Iran, October 5, 2009

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Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
Dr. Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs October 5, 2009

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL32048

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses

Summary
President Obama has said his Administration shares the goals of previous Administrations to contain Iran’s strategic capabilities and regional influence. The Administration has not changed the previous Admi
Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
Dr. Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs October 5, 2009

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL32048

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses

Summary
President Obama has said his Administration shares the goals of previous Administrations to contain Iran’s strategic capabilities and regional influence. The Administration has not changed the previous Admi

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Many in the Obama Administration share the Bush Administration’s assessment, encapsulated in
a March 16, 2006 “National Security Strategy” document, that the United States “may face no
greater challenge from a single country than from Iran.” This assessment is based largely on
Iran’s growing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs—and particularly in light of

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revelations in September 2009 that Iran is building more nuclear sites than it had previously
declared—and its ability to exert influence in the region counter to U.S. objectives.8

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experts agree that Iran’s core national security goals are to protect itself from foreign, primarily
U.S., interference or attack, and to exert regional influence that Iran believes is commensurate
with its size and concept of nationhood.

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