Iran In Brief

Archive: October 2009

Reports and News on Iranian Illicit Procurement Efforts

October 23, 2009

Decision Reached on Vanaki Case: Landgericht Finds Defendant Guilty, Issues Suspended Sentence

On September 24, the district court of Frankfurt (Landgericht) ruled against German-Iranian Mohsen Vanaki. Vanaki was accused of brokering the sale of high-speed cameras and radiation detectors for an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Vanaki worked principally with the Iranian company Kimya Pakhsh Sharg Co. Ltd. in Iran, but… Read More ›

IAEA DG on deal with Iran

October 21, 2009

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has issued a public statement about the deal to supply fuel to the Tehran Research Reactor (video below). He is hopeful that by Friday there has been full agreement by all parties.  France remains a part of the deal.

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Argentinian LEU Supply and Consumption by the Tehran Research Reactor

October 7, 2009

In the 1980s Iran purchased from Argentina 116 kg of LEU which it used to fuel its Tehran Research Reactor starting from 1993.
In the prelude to the October 1, 2009 negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran, the Islamic Republic claimed that the fuel for its research reactor was running out and that it intended to purchase 20% enriched… Read More ›

Excerpts from Internal IAEA Document on Alleged Iranian Nuclear Weaponization

October 2, 2009

On September 17, 2009 an Associated Press article by George Jahn sparked widespread discussion on what the IAEA actually knew and thought about the nature of Iran’s nuclear program. The September 17 article was more recently followed by another very interesting piece by Mark Hibbs who described the Agency’s internal debates.
ISIS takes a look at what is… Read More ›

Official State Department Statement on the October 1 Talks

October 1, 2009

The Background Briefing below was issued today in Geneva and states that Iran has agreed “in principle” to shipping the bulk of its existing low enriched uranium (LEU) stockpile to Russia where it will be further enriched for use in the Tehran Research Reactor.

Additional information about Qom site

October 1, 2009

The site outside of Qom, identified by ISIS on September 25, has been monitored remotely by the intelligence community for several years.  U.S. government officials have not revealed the exact date when monitoring started, or when Iran decided to build the enrichment facility at this site.  A U.S. intelligence official told ISIS that the site was… Read More ›