Tom Lantos goes nuclear on Iran

KAREN BLEIER/AFP Pressure is mounting on the international community to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Iran remains defiant; its president has declared a policy of “no surrender” on his country’s nuclear enrichment program. But the United Nations Security Council is putting the final touches on new sanctions that would penalize Tehran for its intransigence. And there ...

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Pressure is mounting on the international community to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Iran remains defiant; its president has declared a policy of "no surrender" on his country's nuclear enrichment program. But the United Nations Security Council is putting the final touches on new sanctions that would penalize Tehran for its intransigence.

And there may be more on the way. 

KAREN BLEIER/AFP

Pressure is mounting on the international community to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Iran remains defiant; its president has declared a policy of “no surrender” on his country’s nuclear enrichment program. But the United Nations Security Council is putting the final touches on new sanctions that would penalize Tehran for its intransigence.

And there may be more on the way. 

Key U.S. lawmaker Tom Lantos wants to go further than the Bush administration has been willing to go, and present countries—even U.S. allies and powerful states like Russia and China—with a choice: Either you’re with the United States, or you’re with Iran.

He says his new strategy is “the single most effective avenue of compelling Iran to give up its military nuclear ambition.” 

Find out why in this week’s Seven Questions.

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