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CRS-Iran, March 11, 2010

CRS-Iran, March 11, 2010

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Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
Dr. Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs March 11, 2010

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 Obama Administration has not changed the Bush Adm
Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
Dr. Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs March 11, 2010

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 Obama Administration has not changed the Bush Adm

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Iran’s support for Palestinian militant groups has long concerned U.S. Administrations, as part of
an apparent effort by Tehran to obstruct an Israeli-Palestinian peace, which Iran believes would
strengthen the United States and Israel. Ahmadinejad’s various statements on Israel were
discussed above, although Supreme Leader Khamene’i has repeatedly called Israel a “cancerous
tumor.” He used that term again during a March 4, 2009, press conference in Tehran. In
December 2001, Rafsanjani said that it would take only one Iranian nuclear bomb to destroy

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Israel, whereas a similar strike against Iran by Israel would have far less impact because Iran’s
population is large.

Iran has hosted numerous conferences to which anti-peace process terrorist organizations were
invited (for example: April 24, 2001, and June 2-3, 2002). During his presidency, Khatemi also
issued sharp criticisms and recriminations against Israel, but he also conversed with Israel’s
President at the 2005 funeral of Pope John Paul II. The formal position of the Iranian Foreign
Ministry, considered a bastion of moderates, is that Iran would not seek to block an Israeli-
Palestinian settlement but that the process is too weighted toward Israel to yield a fair result.

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