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Meeting the Challenge: Stopping the Clock

Meeting the Challenge: Stopping the Clock

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This is BPC’s fourth report on the most immediate national security challenge facing our nation: Iran’s continued progress towards nuclear weapons capability. Despite perceived setbacks, including the Stuxnet cyber attack and the bite of increased sanctions, the danger of a nuclear Iran has not diminished.
This is BPC’s fourth report on the most immediate national security challenge facing our nation: Iran’s continued progress towards nuclear weapons capability. Despite perceived setbacks, including the Stuxnet cyber attack and the bite of increased sanctions, the danger of a nuclear Iran has not diminished.

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Published by: Bipartisan Policy Center on May 29, 2012
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Even as the Islamic Republic advances its nuclear quest,
Iranian politics may present vulnerability at home. Election
fraud during Iran’s June 2009 presidential elections sparked
the largest protests in three decades, and exposed fissures
among Iranian politicians. Yet, there is no evidence these
rifts have threatened Iran’s theocracy. Iran’s leadership has
shown no hesitation in using the harshest tactics in dealing
with dissent. The Supreme Leader and his allies may
have managed to sideline Ahmadinejad, but such tension
between the Supreme Leader and a second term president
is nothing new in Iran.

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