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A Country that Cried Wolf One Too Many Times

In a television statement on Tuesday, Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that Iran has “no problem” sending out its stocks of low-enriched uranium abroad for processing in exchange for nuclear fuel rods. While this is a step forward in the nuclear stalemate going on between Iran and the West, there is also plenty of reasons to be cynical. This offer by President Ahmadinejad has yet to be submitted as a formal letter of agreement to international authorities who drafted the deal – a concern reflected by the White House too. A White House official said, “If Mr [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad’s comments reflect an updated Iranian position, we look forward to Iran informing the IAEA.”

Here is an Al Jazeera report examining this latest development:

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Sahar Zubairy

Sahar Zubairy recently graduated from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas- Austin with Masters in Global Policy Studies. She graduated from Texas A&M University with Phi Beta Kappa honors in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. In Summer 2008, she was the Southwest Asia/Gulf Intern at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where she researched Iran and the Persian Gulf. She was also a member of a research team that helped develop a website investigating the possible effects of closure of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf by Iran.