What should be done about Iran?


In 2010, an Iranian security directs media at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. Iran has steadfastly balked at demands to halt its uranium enrichment, which Washington and its allies worry could be the foundation for a future nuclear weapons program. Iran claims it only seeks energy and medical research from its reactors, but wants full control over the nuclear process from uranium ore to atomic fuel. (AP file photo)

Hour 1

While visiting the U.S. earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted the right of Israel to attack Iran, raising concerns about a military confrontation in an already fragile Middle East. In response, in a press conference on Tuesday and at a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, President Barack Obama defended his administration’s policy of continuing sanctions and pursuing a diplomatic solution to the growing threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran. Meanwhile, the European Union, China and Russia joined forces with the U.S. in encouraging a resumption of stalled talks. Indications are that Iran has now agreed to allow U.N inspectors into what is considered its secret nuclear weapons facilities. Will diplomacy and sanctions be effective in dealing with Iran or is it time for military action? We explore the options with ALIREZA NADER, a policy analyst at the Rand Corporation, and MATTHEW KROENIG of the Council on Foreign Relations. Then we talk with Iranian-Jewish writer ROYA HAKAKIAN about the long and complicated relationship between Israel and Iran.

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