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Iran Nearing Collapse, Magazine Says

March 19, 1994|Reuters

LONDON — Iran appears to be on the brink of collapse as a viable state, with its political and economic conditions more fragile than at any time since the 1979 Islamic revolution, an article in Jane's Intelligence Review said.

The article in the magazine's April edition said the failure of President Hashemi Rafsanjani's economic policies is pulling moderate conservatives toward Iran's political extreme right.

It said that Rafsanjani, viewed as a moderate by the West, is isolated and that real power is being established in the hands of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's spiritual leader, and his fundamentalist Islamic supporters.

Diplomats and others said that although Rafsanjani's government is in economic and political trouble, its collapse is not imminent.

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