Thursday, May 08, 2003

The Next Nuclear Power: Iran?
'It now seems that Tehran is dramatically closer to being able to produce atomic bombs than even Washington suspected... [Pakistan, China,]-- the Russians, along with several European states -- may also be involved: "We're out there banging on people's heads."

'Europeans, however, have always rejected Washington's hard-line policy toward Tehran -- a member of the so-called axis of evil -- and may react negatively to new saber-rattling over the Iranian nuclear program. They still largely back reform-minded President Mohammed Khatami... "They have seen North Korea and the fact that nuclear weapons make you more respected and make people talk to you." '

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