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The United States does not know enough about Iran, a nuclear proliferation expert said Thursday.
Arvid Lundy, a Los Alamos National Laboratory retiree who has focused on Iran in recent years, said the United States does “not have adequate understanding of the country,” and that a greater understanding of Iranian culture was needed.
“We have focused on the Iranian nuclear program without paying any attention to the issues that Iran has with the United States,” Lundy said after the talk. “I don’t think we’re going to get very far unless we listen to what they have to say.”
Lundy spoke at a meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security on the current social and nuclear situation in Iran.
Among Middle Eastern countries Iran has a nationalist pride that none of the other countries in the area have, because it desires to return to the glory that the area once had as the Persian Empire.
The Iranians believe that the path to retuning to that Persian glory is through education. Iran has a goal of 90 percent literacy by 2015, which would make it one of most literate nations in the Middle East.
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