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Gulf States in a Muddle over Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

The publication of the US National Intelligence Estimate has caught the Gulf States off balance.

The release of the US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) in December 2007 – which seemed to argue that Iran had stopped the weaponisation of its nuclear programme – has continued to create ripple effects not only in the Middle East but also throughout the world. The US, Europe and Israel continue to regard Iran as a threat; demands for tougher economic sanctions on Tehran are made not only in Washington, but also in most European capitals. A different, although equally

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