Iran In Brief

Archive: December 2009

Iran seeking Uranium Ore from Kazakhstan

December 30, 2009

The AP’s George Jahn is reporting today an effort by Iran to import clandestinely 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan.  The information is contained in a brief intelligence report authored by an IAEA member state and obtained by Jahn. 

That Iran would be seeking a new source of uranium ore is not surprising,… Read More ›

Another resignation in Iran’s nuclear establishment

December 18, 2009

Last July it was reported that Iran’s longtime head of the Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, submitted his resignation following the upheaval and government crackdown associated with Iran’s June 12 elections; he was also known to be close to opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi.  Aghazadeh was succeeded by Ali Akbar Saleh.  Now comes word that… Read More ›

Further details regarding the illicit procurement trail of Mohsen Vanaki

December 15, 2009

More details have emerged regarding the trail and activities of German-Iranian trader Mohsen Vanaki accused of illicitly procuring materials that could be used in the Iranian nuclear program in contradiction of export laws and U.N. imposed sanctions.
ISIS has been following the case and constantly updating the report with new details as they emerge. One of the main… Read More ›

New evidence of Iranian weaponization studies

December 15, 2009

The Times of London has provided ISIS with a series of documents that appear to be studies on the production of neutron initiators. Neutron initiators have no relevant civilian applications but are instead important components of highly enriched uranium based nuclear weapons. Adding to the level or concern caused by these documents is that fact that they are not from… Read More ›

Further Comments Regarding the BAS Article on Fordow

December 4, 2009

by David Albright and Paul Brannan

We wanted to share some thoughts on Oelrich and Barzashka’s justification for their analysis in the Fordow article released November 24 in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.  In this justification which they published on the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) web site on December 1, they assert that the best… Read More ›

IAEA Board of Governors Resolution on Iran

December 1, 2009

On November 27, 2009 the Board of Governors issued a resolution urging Iran to accept the IAEA brokered deal for the exchange of Iranian LEU in place of fuel for the Tehran research reactor and, condemned Iran’s construction of the undeclared uranium enrichment facility near Qom. The resolution also urged Iran to stop construction of the Qom (otherwise known as… Read More ›