Negotiations Over Iran's Nuclear Program Come Down To The Wire

March 31, 2015 8:58 AM

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Today is a self-imposed deadline for nuclear talks in Switzerland. So far, Iran, the U.S. and other world powers have not said formally that they have a deal, but officials are telling the Associated Press that they expect to release a statement and documents detailing an agreement later today. These nuclear talks have at least three layers. One layer is technical - working out exactly how the world can assure Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons. One layer is political - negotiators have to reach a deal that will enjoy enough support in both Tehran and Washington. And you could call the third layer cultural - a long record of distrust between Iran and the United States. Joseph Cirincione is tracking all of this. He's president of the Ploughshares Fund, which seeks to eliminate nuclear weapons. He's in our studios. Welcome to the program, sir.

CIRINCIONE: Well, in 1953, the United States and Great Britain overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran. Very few Americans know that. Every Iranian knows that. Our memories of Iran really start with the hostage crisis, when militant, radical Islamic militants se...

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