Regional Implications of a Nuclear Deal With Iran: Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, June 12, 2014   [open pdf - 536KB]

The following is a testimony compilation from the June 12, 2014 hearing on "Regional Implications of a Nuclear Deal With Iran" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the testimony of Dennis Ross: "America's readiness to negotiate a deal with the Islamic Republic on its nuclear program is a source of deep concern among our traditional friends in the Middle East. For the Arabs, the fear is that the deal with come at their expense, with the United States increasingly seeing Iran as a partner. For the Israelis, the worry is that we will conclude a deal that leaves the Iranians as a threshold nuclear state--capable of breaking out to nuclear weapons at a time when we might be distracted by another international crisis. Both sets of fears presume that there will be a deal. [...] Basic conceptual gaps remain, with the Iranians still believing that their limited offers of transparency should be sufficient to satisfy our concerns about the peaceful character of their nuclear program. Will the Supreme Leader, who has talked about not dismantling their program, accept a serious reduction in the numbers of their centrifuges? We will see, but at this point, Ali Khamenei either is not prepared to roll back Iran's nuclear program or doesn't believe he will have to do so in order to produce a serious roll-back in the sanctions regime." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dennis Ross, Scott Modell, and Frederick W. Kagan.

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