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CRS-Iran, March 11, 2010

CRS-Iran, March 11, 2010

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Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
Dr. Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs March 11, 2010

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
President Obama has said his Administration shares the goals of previous administrations to contain Iran’s strategic capabilities and regional influence. The Obama Administration has not changed the Bush Adm
Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
Dr. Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs March 11, 2010

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
President Obama has said his Administration shares the goals of previous administrations to contain Iran’s strategic capabilities and regional influence. The Obama Administration has not changed the Bush Adm

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Iran and India have cultivated good relations with each other in order to enable each to pursue its
own interests and avoid mutual conflict. The two backed similar anti-Taliban factions in
Afghanistan during 1996-2001 and have a number of mutual economic and even military-to-
military relationships and projects, discussed further in CRS Report RS22486, India-Iran
Relations and U.S. Interests, by K. Alan Kronstadt and Kenneth Katzman.

One aspect of the relationship involves not only the potential building of a natural gas pipeline
from Iran, through Pakistan, to India, but also the supplies of gasoline to Iran. A key supplier is
Reliance Industries Ltd., which by some accounts supplies up to 40% of Iran’s imports of
gasoline. In December 2008, some Members of Congress expressed opposition to a decision by
the Export-Import Bank to provide up to $900 million in loan guarantees to Reliance, because of
its gasoline sales to Iran. A provision of H.R. 3081, a FY2010 foreign aid appropriation, would
end provision of such export credits to companies that sell gasoline to Iran. Another source of
U.S. concern has been visits to India by some Iranian naval personnel.

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