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Topic - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Iran's nuclear ambitions predate the clerical dictatorship that overthrew the monarchy in 1979. The last monarch, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, reached the same conclusion when Britain, in 1968, suddenly relinquished all of its geopolitical responsibilities east of Suez - from Singapore to the Suez Canal, including the Persian Gulf and the oil that then fueled most of the Western world.
In 1972, the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi told this reporter that Iran would one day be a nuclear power.