Can the U.S. Contain Iran's Nuclear Ambitions?

As Iran prepares for a pivotal election, the U.S. is still having trouble containing the country's nuclear ambitions. Can Dennis Ross change that?

(l to r): Cris Bouroncle / AFP / Getty; Getty

Dennis Ross, left, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right at center, visiting the Natanz uranium enrichment facilities.

In late April the Swiss ambassador to Tehran arrived in Washington with a secret message for the small team in charge of Barack Obama's outreach to Iran. The rulers in Tehran were getting ready to release the American journalist Roxana Saberi, who had been charged with spying. But they wanted the U.S. to know that if she was freed, it would not be a concession; it would be a test. For more than two years, U.S. forces in Iraq had been holding three Iranian diplomats they believed were members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, linked to terrorist attacks in the region....

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