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Pursuing Diplomatic Efforts with Iran over Nuclear Weapons: Professor Martel Weighs In

Boston Herald

William C. Martel is Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

President Obama told the United Nations General Assembly yesterday that he would dispatch Secretary of State John F. Kerry for face-to-face negotiations with Iranian leaders in hopes of eliminating Iran’s nuclear weapons, but he framed that with warnings about continued weapons development.

…William C. Martel of Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy agreed with Obama that talks with Iran over its nuclear weapons were worth the effort, but Martel said U.S. officials must keep a sharp eye and be prepared to act. 

“I don’t want to sound too Pollyana-ish — there may be hope — but we have to do what we have to do to prevent Iran joining the nuclear club,” Martel said.

But the Tufts professor made clear his distrust of Iranian intentions. 

“This could be a legitimate change of heart or cynical posturing. ... I’d like to think we would be tough on the nuclear weapons,” he said.

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