Jahangir Amuzegar on the situation involving Iran's nuclear power

An article by Dr. Jahangir Amuzegar in the latest issue of Middle East Policy analyzes the elements facing the European Union, the United States, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, regarding Iran's nuclear program. He writes that the positions held by all sides involve immense implications for world peace and security, as well as the political stability of the Persian Gulf region.

His article states that the officially publicized bargaining positions in the current negotiations mask some hidden agenda that no party, and particularly the US, has so far been willing to address for a number of domestic political reasons. Tehran is seeking a guarantee that the U.S. will not push for a regime change, while Washington wants Iran to renounce its hostility towards Israel. The failure of negotiations presently underway between Great Britain, the U.S., Russia, and Tehran would affect Washington's global leadership, the future relevance of the Non-nuclear Proliferation Treaty, and the fate of the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. "In a curious mixture of national pride, anti-colonialism, and standing up to "global arrogance," the Iranian nuclear program has now become a question of national sovereignty, political independence, and even inalienable rights," the author states.

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Dr. Amuzegar has authored more 50 articles in leading journals and 7 books on Iran, oil, and economic development. He served as the Government of Iran's Minister of Commerce in 1962-63, the Minister of Finance in 1963, and as Ambassador-at-Large from 1963-1979. He is currently an International economic consultant based in Washington D.C.

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