Iran In Brief

Archive: September 2010

P5+1 Seeks Renewed Negotiations, Fuel Swap Talks under its Auspices

September 22, 2010

According to a statement to be released today by foreign ministers of the P5+1 (comprising the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia, and Germany), the six countries will announce their hope for reaching “an early negotiated solution” with Iran over its nuclear program, and that they are “ready to engage” on this issue as well as the stalled… Read More ›

Tensions Rise over Iran and Syria at IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, Ahead of U.N. Meet

September 17, 2010

At the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting this week, several Western countries (and IAEA Director General Amano) called on Iran to stop preventing the IAEA from doing its job by limiting information and access by qualified inspectors.  Western countries also called for IAEA access to Syria’s suspected… Read More ›

Iran’s Government Split over Impact of Sanctions

September 15, 2010

Former Iranian president and head of the Assembly of Experts, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, yesterday lambasted the government for failing to take seriously the impact of international sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.  The prominent cleric stated, “Gentlemen, you should be vigilant and careful.  Do not downplay the sanctions…people should not be tricked.”  In an acknowledgement of the effectiveness of… Read More ›

Amano Censures Iran over Lack of Cooperation with IAEA

September 14, 2010

At yesterday’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano took the opportunity to condemn Iran for its growing battle with the Agency over inspections.  Amano highlighted Iran’s recent move to ban two IAEA inspectors with a long history of inspecting Iran’s nuclear installations, as reported in the Read More ›

ISIS Analysis of New Covert Uranium Enrichment Plant Construction Claims

September 9, 2010

The Iran Policy Committee (IPC) today presented evidence from the National Council for the Resistance of Iran (NCRI) that claims to show that Iran is building another covert gas centrifuge uranium enrichment site near Qazvin, west of Tehran.  IPC showed satellite imagery of tunnels and claimed that sources inside Iran told them these were tunnels to access underground facilities intended… Read More ›

Salehi Claims 3.8 kg Monthly Production Rate of 19.75 % Enriched Uranium – but is it accurate?

September 1, 2010

On August 27, 2010, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) and Vice President of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, said that the country had produced 25 kilograms of 19.75 percent enriched uranium at Natanz since it began enriching uranium up to this level in February 2010.  The implied rate of 19.75% uranium production is consistent… Read More ›