The Madeleine Brand Show for February 15, 2012

Dueling assassination attempts and how they relate to Iran's nuclear plans

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Office of the Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran via Getty Image

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) visits the Natanz uranium enrichment facilities April 8, 2008 200 miles (322 km) south of the Tehran, Iran.

Israeli diplomats have been targeted for assassination recently in multiple countries – India, Georgia and now Thailand – allegedly by Iranians. Thai authorities say three Iranian men tried to flee after bomb materials detonated by mistake in a home they were renting. The materials matched similar materials used in India and Georgia. Iran is denying any allegations that it had any involvement with the assassination plots, but Israel insists otherwise.

Meanwhile, the Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel, may be behind a rash of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.

Iran cut oil supplies to six European countries today in retaliation for an oil embargo: Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands.


Matthew Kroenig is a nuclear expert at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor at Georgetown University.

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