Iran In Brief

Archive: July 2009

What kind of umbrella?

July 22, 2009

The New York Times is reporting today that Secretary of State Clinton suggested the United States would extend a “defense umbrella” over Persian Gulf states should Iran refuse to halt its nuclear program.  It is not clear whether the Secretary was referring to a nuclear umbrella, which would possibly commit the United States to use nuclear weapons… Read More ›

The Indian double standard?

July 21, 2009

Indian media are reporting that trials of its first indigenously-manufactured nuclear-powered submarine will begin on July 26, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on hand for the launch.  The event is nothing to cheer.  It underscores India’s continued production of fissile material for military purposes outside the IAEA safeguards system (which by definition is only for the peaceful uses… Read More ›

Ali Akbar Salehi named Atomic Energy Agency chief

July 17, 2009

Ali Akbar Salehi was appointed yesterday by President Ahmadinejad the new chief of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.  Salehi served previously as Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA in Vienna and reportedly has a PhD from MIT.  On the face of it, Iran’s nuclear program is in the hands of an experienced technocrat, and certainly someone familiar with the… Read More ›

Iran Atomic Energy Agency Chief resigns

July 16, 2009

BBC is reporting this morning that Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization submitted his letter of resignation three weeks ago to President Ahmadinejad; he is also stepping down as one of Iran’s Vice Presidents, a title he also held.  No word on what prompted the resignation, though the timing would have it appear to… Read More ›

Obama leaves the door to talks open;  Six months to a bomb?  Not so fast…

July 15, 2009

A couple of important stories, one major typo and a denial:  The German weekly news magazine Stern is reporting that according to sources at the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany’s intelligence agency, Iran could have the capability to detonate a nuclear weapon within six months.  This is a much more aggressive timetable than ISIS has been reporting (our Read More ›

Latest release of the ISIS illicit procurement case studies

July 14, 2009

This is the latest report in a series of illicit trade case studies including Iranian efforts to obtain dual-use equipment for Iran’s growing nuclear program.
The study focuses on the case of Mahmoud Yadegari, an Iranian-Canadian citizen who was arrested in April 2009 in Canada while attempting to export to Iran transducers that had been previously purchased in… Read More ›

Common misconceptions about Iran’s nuclear program

July 9, 2009

Since it became public knowledge in 2002, ISIS has been closely following both the debate on Iran’s nuclear program as well as the developments in the program itself. In the interest of promoting a broader understanding of the technical issues concerning Iran’s uranium enrichment programs, ISIS has identified several misconceptions that have been prevalent in the public debate.

See… Read More ›

Misunderstood Biden?

July 6, 2009

Vice President Biden has been widely quoted (here and here are but two examples) from his Sunday appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos as saying that the United States will not stand in Israel’s way should it decide to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.  The Los Angeles Times piece’s headline… Read More ›