Dr. Gary Sick, who served in the US National Security Council under Presidents Carter and Ford, addressed US-Iran relations and the nascent nuclear issue at 1993 at a major AIC conference.
"I take the apparent Iranian buildup and attempt to build a nuclear capability very seriously," Sick said. "From all the evidence that I've seen, it looks as if Iran is making a major play in that direction. However, I believe it is in quite the early stages, and that means that there is room for maneuver on both sides, if there is any goodwill and there is something to talk about."
"I think that since it is in the early stages, that some kind of a discussion of a classic non-proliferation nature which involves potentially a mix of sanctions, incentives, export controls, intrusive IAEA inspections of Iranian facilities, negotiations, and security assurances from both sides would be a basis for discussion. I can't specify what that would turn out, but I don't think it's too late to begin that process and it certainly is an issue."