Iran’s dispute with U.A.E.

The National has a helpful backgrounder on the dispute between Iran and the United Arab Emirates over three islands in the Persian Gulf. If Iran and the United States were to go to war, the islands could be key to attacking U.S. naval forces in the Gulf, the UAE newspaper notes. This week, Iran refused Russian mediation to resolve the dispute.

Meanwhile, in an editoral, The National expresses alarm over the latest IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear program.

Tehran’s refusal to clarify its nuclear intentions is particularly dismaying and shows a disregard for the welfare of the people who would be immediately affected by a nuclear catastrophe: the citizens of Iran and the residents of the Gulf.

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