Iran In Brief

Archive: January 2009

A Company’s Discretion Detects Large Iranian Valve Orders

January 28, 2009

In this case, a company used its knowledge about its products’ end uses as well as its expertise in identifying suspicious equipment requests to detect Iranian attempts to procure a large number of valves for its gas centrifuge program. The illicit procurement agents requested items not on international control lists of dual-use items, hoping to evade detection while still obtaining… Read More ›

Has Iran painted itself into a corner?

January 25, 2009

A piece in today’s Times (UK) suggests that Iran has depleted much of its yellowcake stockpile, most of it procured from South Africa in the mid-1970s, and may be having trouble acquiring additional supplies on the open market.  We know from IAEA reports that Iran’s own uranium ore mining capacity is limited (the Read More ›

Nuclear Iran: Not Inevitable

January 23, 2009

Few foreign policy and national security issues have dominated debate in the United States and abroad as Iran’s nuclear program has.  Is its declared civil uranium enrichment program a cover for an effort to secretly build nuclear weapons?  What should be done to stop Iran from developing a capability to build nuclear weapons?  ISIS has released a new reportRead More ›

India’s Reliance to halt gasoline exports to Iran

January 10, 2009

Reliance Industries, an Indian company which operates the world’s largest oil refinery at Jamnagar, on the west coast of India, announced this week that it would halt exports of gasoline to Iran once its current contracts were fulfilled.  The move follows a December 2008 letter from eight U.S. legislators to the Ex-Im Bank calling on the bank to suspend financing… Read More ›