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Yes, a Nuclear Iran Is Unacceptable: A Memo to President-elect Obama

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Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Peter Brookes; James Phillips

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)
International relations (International peace and security)

Keywords: Presidential transition; Disarmament; Economic sanctions

Type: Brief

Coverage: Iran United States


President-elect Obama, you are right that the United States cannot allow Iran to attain a nuclear weapon. Your statement during the second presidential debate indicates that you appreciate the unacceptable dangers posed by a nuclear-capable Iran. But statements like the following indicate a lack of understanding about the past record of failed attempts to negotiate with Iran.