Sources (adapted from):
 United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1737, 1747, and 1803 (available at http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/Focus/IaeaIran/index.shtml).
 U.S. Department of Treasury press releases (available at http://www.treas.gov/press/).
 U.S. Department of State (available at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/index.htm).
On Apr. 9, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran's atomic energy agency, announced that the Islamic Republic had installed 7,000 centrifuges in its Natanz uranium enrichment facility. The announcement came one day after the U.S. State Department announced it would engage Iran directly in multilateral nuclear talks.
Here, IranTracker provides an overview of U.S. policy towards Iran, particularly Iran's nuclear program. This background and tracking information is critical to understanding the evolution of the complex debate in Washington over policy towards Iran.
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Press and pundits applauded George Bush's decision last month to send a representative to Geneva to join a meeting with Iran's nuclear negotiator. Barack Obama, the 2008 presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said, "Now that the United States is involved, it should stay involved with the full strength of our diplomacy." Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, said the decision might be "the most welcome flip flop in diplomatic history."
AEI resident scholar Michael Rubin explains how the Bush administration's recent diplomatic pirouette toward Iran will not only undercut the efficacy of United Nations sanctions, but also prop up a regime beset by a host of economic problems.
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