Recent negotiations in Istanbul over Iran’s nuclear development plans are garnering scrutiny from all fronts. RFE/RL has two reports on tensions within Iran about how to proceed with its burgeoning program in light of sanctions, diplomatic pressure, and internal conflict.
# Speaking with RFE/RL after his meetings in Istanbul, top Obama advisor Gary Samore said he found the Iranians “much more serious about entering into real negotiations.” But is this substantial progress or a delay tactic?
# Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei may be its Supreme Leader, but does he have the last say in whether a weapons program is un-Islamic? Golnaz Esfandiari examines reports that regime leaders inside Iran believe that nuclear weapons are needed to preserve the Islamic establishment and are questioning the Ayatollah’s recent fatwa against their use.
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