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Published on Nov 14, 2011

Iran's Nuclear Ambitions - How Big Is the Threat? Intelligence agencies, nuclear experts and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna all seem to agree: Iran is slowly but surely on its way to obtaining nuclear weapons. But it's still unclear just how far along Tehran really is. Does the country have the necessary knowledge to build a nuclear weapon, or has production already begun? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims the country's nuclear program is purely for the purposes of producing electricity. But that has failed to stop speculation about what's behind Iran's nuclear ambitions. The IAEA's latest report leaves a number of questions unanswered - but it also points to a number of worrying new developments.

Let us know what you think: Iran's Nuclear Ambitions - How Big Is the Threat?

Write to us at: Quadriga@dw-world.de. Our guests:

Malte Lehming - Now the editor of the op-ed page of "Der Tagesspiegel", Malte Lehming was the paper's Washington Bureau Chief from January 2001 to July 2005. He joined"Der Tagesspiegel" in 1991 as a foreign editor, covering security issues, transatlantic relations and the Middle East. From 1989 to 1991, he served as personal assistant and speechwriter for the former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who is now the publisher and editor of the Hamburg weekly newspaper"Die Zeit". Lehming completed an an MA in philosophy, German Literature and European History in 1988


Oliver Thränert - A political scientist and security expert, Oliver Thränert is a Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. He has been a guest researcher at the ETH University in Zurich and also at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. From 1986 to 2001 he worked in the Department of International Political Analysis at the Friedrich-Ebert foundation in Bonn and Berlin. His research focuses in particular on the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and missile defense.

Eldad Beck - the Germany correspondent for Israel's largest daily,"Yedioth Ahronot". Born in the northern Israeli town of Haifa, Eldad Beck went on to read Arabic and Islamic studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He has been living in Berlin since 1994.

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