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Shim Jae Hoon

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Shim Jae Hoon is a Seoul-based journalist and commentator writing for a variety of international publications including YaleGlobal Online, The Straits Times of Singapore, The Taipei Times and Korea Herald. He was a correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review in Seoul, Taipei and Jakarta. Close.

Shim Jae Hoon

South Korea

Shim Jae Hoon is a Seoul-based journalist and commentator writing for a variety of international publications including YaleGlobal Online, The Straits Times of Singapore, The Taipei Times and Korea Herald. more »

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December 10, 2007 12:42 PM

Trust Iran, But Verify

SEOUL - Since when has the CIA been reading the minds of Iranian officials, as opposed to studying hard evidence on the nuclear issue? How do they know if Iran has abandoned its "intention" to build the bomb, given its continuing resistance to third-party inspection? Is it the intention as opposed to the capability that the CIA believes Iran has abandoned? If Iran has really given up the intention of developing a nuclear program, why does it make it so exceedingly difficult for the IAEA to verify those claims, even at the cost of so much hardship for the Iranian nation as it weathers economic sanctions?

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