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Iran Maintains Its Defiance

Iran continues to flex its muscles ahead of the UN-imposed August 31 deadline to suspend its nuclear activities. With the UN secretary-general traveling to Tehran for talks, Iran has indicated it will not abide by the latest UN resolution.

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About Those Nukes, Iran …

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution calling on Iran to suspend its uranium-enrichment activities or face sanctions. The vote comes amid deep suspicions about Iran's role in sparking the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

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Preventing Ballistic Surprises

North Korea's recent missile tests and Iran's ongoing quest for nuclear weaponry illustrate the need for an effective strategy to prevent other rogue states from acquiring nuclear technology. A relatively new program to interdict suspect shipments on the high seas is gaining favor around the world.

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More Brinksmanship from Tehran

As the UN's nuclear agency board meets this week, it considers a new report suggesting Iran continues to defy UN wishes and has stepped up its enrichment activity even as Washington tries to work out a route to direct negotiations.

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Waiting for Iran's Response

The permanent UN Security Council members and Germany agree to a package of incentives to prod Iran into giving up its nuclear activities. Yet it remains unclear if Tehran will accept the offer.

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Tehran Wants to Talk

The latest signals from Iran indicate a desire for direct talks with the United States to resolve the nuclear crisis. But Washington is wary and continues to prefer multilateral pressure on Iran to freeze its uranium-enrichment program.

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Iran Intel 'Gives Pause'

There is a déjà vu aspect to the international talks over Iran's nuclear program. But there are also signs of hard lessons learned from the Iraq case on intelligence gathering and diplomacy.

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Iran Throws Down Nuclear Gauntlet

Iran proclaims itself "a nuclear country" after declaring it has enriched uranium to a level used in power stations. The announcement comes amid reports that U.S. policymakers are weighing the option of using military force to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

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Ugly Options on Iran

International policymakers face a host of unattractive options in their desire to confound Iran’s nuclear ambitions, experts at a three-part CFR symposium said this week. U.S. and European diplomats insist they remain committed to negotiations, but privately sound increasingly grim about the prospects for diplomacy.

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