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Iranian Generals Dismiss US Military Option

Three top Iranian military commanders have dismissed remarks by U.S. officials who have claimed Washington retains the ability to destroy Iran’s nuclear program.

US Concerned About Russian Missile Deal

On April 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting a ban on the sale of advance

Report: Iran’s Evolving Rockets & Missiles

             Iran is developing more advanced rockets and missiles to compensate for shortcomings in its conventional forces, accordin

Iran and IAEA: On Past Military Dimensions

           On May 21, Iran and the U.N.

Report: Iran’s Missiles Raise Tensions in Gulf

            Iran has raised tensions in the Middle East by increasing the number, range and capability of its rockets and missiles, accordi

Iranians Divided on Nuclear Program

            About 56 percent of Iranians approved of their government developing nuclear power capabilities for non-military use, according

Rouhani to Guards: Stay Out of Politics

      On September 16, President Hassan Rouhani wa

Rouhani Cabinet: Profiles

            Rouhani’s cabinet reflects a dramatic shift in the balance of power.

Profile: New Security Council Chief

            On September 10, President Hassan Rouhani appointed former Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani as the new secretary of the Supreme N

Iran Missile Program Expanding

      Iran could develop and test an intercontinent

Gulf III: Iran’s Power in the Sea Lanes

Michael Connell

Gulf I: Iran’s Power in the Air

Michael Elleman

More U.S. Sanctions for Proliferation

            On December 21, the U.S.

Panetta: New U.S. Strategy to Counter Iran

            On December 18, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta outlined a new U.S.

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