Iran In Brief

Archive: May 2010

Latest IAEA Report on Iran

May 31, 2010

The IAEA has released its latest safeguards implementation report on Iran’s nuclear program.
ISIS will provide an analysis of the IAEA report later on today.

IAEA Report: Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Was Kakavand’s Acquittal Part of a Quid Pro Quo with Iran?

May 19, 2010

On May 7, a French appeals court denied a U.S. extradition request and acquitted of smuggling charges thirty-seven-year-old Iranian engineer Majid Kakavand.  On May 17, the French Interior Ministry demanded the expulsion of an Iranian serving a life sentence on murder charges, and on May 18 a French court granted his parole.  One day earlier,… Read More ›

UNSC Draft Resolution on Iran

May 19, 2010

ISIS has obtained a copy of the UNSC draft resolution on Iran circulated at the May 18 meeting.

What’s noteworthy in the resolution?  The text circulated by the United States at yesterday’s informal Security Council meeting is strong given its support from the entire Perm-5.  Among the provisions that are new for an Iran sanctions resolution are the right to… Read More ›

A deal for the LEU?

May 17, 2010

The news that Turkey and Brazil were successful in brokering a deal to send 1200 kg of Iran’s LEU stockpile is probably taking Washington by surprise (when ISIS staff spoke with DC officials recently, there was not a great deal of optimism that they would be successful).  One question now is whether 1200… Read More ›

U.S. Extradition Request Denied in France for Alleged Iranian Military Parts Smuggler

May 12, 2010

On May 7, 2010, a French appeals court returned a decision to deny a U.S. extradition request to try alleged smuggler Majid Kakavand, 37, in a U.S. court for allegedly exporting more than $1 million in military dual-use electronic components to Iran.  The U.S. Department of Justice expressed its disappointment with the verdict.  It believes the evidence and… Read More ›