Iran In Brief

Archive: June 2010

UAE Cracks Down on Iran’s Illicit Trade

June 25, 2010

On June 21, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) newspaper, Gulf News Daily, quoted an anonymous government official as saying the UAE had closed down some 40 local and international companies associated with illicit trade to Iran over the past two years.  The official said that these companies traded in “dual-use and dangerous materials banned under UN resolutions… Read More ›

Iran’s Lack of Experience in Making TRR Fuel Elements Leaves Room for LEU Fuel Swap

June 24, 2010

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, announced yesterday that Iran had produced 17 kg of 19.75 percent enriched uranium at Natanz.  He said that the fuel will be used to operate the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR).  Iran’s inexperience in making fuel elements for the TRR raises questions about its claims… Read More ›

Salehi Claims Iran Has 17kg of 19.75% Enriched Uranium

June 23, 2010

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, announced that Iran has produced 17 kilograms (kg) of 19.75 percent enriched uranium at Natanz.  Based on the May 31 IAEA Safeguards Report, ISIS… Read More ›

New Der Spiegel Article on Iran’s Nuclear Program

June 21, 2010

Erich Follath and Holger Stark of Der Spiegel Magazine have published an excellent, comprehensive articleon the history of Iran’s nuclear program.  The article discusses an important advocate of Iranian nuclear weapons, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, described as the “Robert Oppenheimer of Iran.”  It reveals new information regarding intercepted Iranian documents involving Fakhrizadeh in 2003 where he and other scientists… Read More ›

Iran’s Reactor Claims:  A Pretext for More 20 Percent Enriched Uranium?

June 18, 2010

Iran’s announcement this week that it wants to build four new nuclear research reactors should be viewed skeptically.  Such announcements can shroud other intentions, in this case an attempt by Iran to lay the basis for continued or even increased enrichment of 20 percent enriched uranium at the Natanz centrifuge plant.