Iran In Brief

Archive: November 2009

Technicalities and the Fordow Enrichment Plant

November 30, 2009

An analysis published November 24 in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists by Ivan Oelrich and Ivanka Barzashka, “A Technical Evaluation of the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant” concludes that the Fordow enrichment facility is “neither ideal for commercial nor for military purposes.”  Oelrich and Barzashka argue that not only is the facility ill-suited for the production of reactor fuel, it is… Read More ›

ISIS takes a look at what’s inside the latest IAEA report on Iran

November 16, 2009

According to the information available in the November 16, 2009 IAEA Safeguards Report on Iran the number of P1 centrifuges involved in active enrichment has declined while the efficiency has actually increased as has the total stock of LEU. Iran also increased its overall number of centrifuges even though those involved in… Read More ›

November 16, 2009 IAEA Report on Iran

November 16, 2009

The IAEA has released its November 16, 2009 Safeguards report on Iran.

ISIS will issue an analysis of the IAEA report later on today.

You can find the full IAEA report here: November 16, 2009 IAEA Report on Iran

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Using Satellite Imagery Analysis to Date the Construction of the Qom Enrichment Site

November 5, 2009

ISIS has obtained commercial satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe that narrows the time frame during which Iran would have begun construction of the gas centrifuge uranium enrichment plant near Qom (see figure 1). The satellite imagery indicates that Iran began construction of the enrichment facility after January 2006 but before June 2007. This time frame is consistent with a Reuters report1… Read More ›