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CRS-Iran, September 28, 2011

CRS-Iran, September 28, 2011

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Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
Dr. Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs September 28, 2011

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL32048

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses

Summary
The Obama Administration views Iran as a major threat to U.S. national security interests, a perception generated by uncertainty about Iran’s intentions for its nuclear program as well as its materiel as
Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
Dr. Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs September 28, 2011

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL32048

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses

Summary
The Obama Administration views Iran as a major threat to U.S. national security interests, a perception generated by uncertainty about Iran’s intentions for its nuclear program as well as its materiel as

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On February 28, 2011, in remarks at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Secretary
Clinton said the United States is working with Sweden and other countries to reconstitute a
Special Rapporteur to report on Iranian human rights abuses. Such a mission existed during the
from 1988-2002, but Iran tended to offer little, if any, cooperation with the various Rapporteurs
who investigated the issue during that time. On March 24, 2011, the U.N. Human Rights Council
voted, 22 to 7, to reestablish a Special Rapporteur for Iran’s human rights situation. On June 17,
2011, former Maldives Foreign Minister Ahmad Shaheed was appointed to this role, but Iran has
not, to date, indicated whether it would provide requested cooperation such as permitting him to
conduct fact-finding visits to Iran.

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Text is at http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/nea/154461.htm.

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