Analysis: 30-year journey to stop Iranian nukes may soon move to Congress

Iran has been pursuing nuclear weapons for most of the last three decades.

The quest began at the end of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988 when the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, famously “drank from the poisoned chalice” and accepted UN Security Council Resolution 598, which put an end to that eight-year, blood-drenched war. Never again, Khomeini vowed, would Iran drink such poison, and the country’s race for nuclear arms – something that would have precluded the need for what Khomeini viewed as a capitulation – was on.

During the last nearly 30 years, the world – with varying degrees of seriousness and intensity – has tried to block that path.


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