Iran In Brief

Archive: June 2011

Ahmadinejad Announcement Laying Groundwork for Official Policy of Nuclear Ambiguity?

June 23, 2011

On June 23, according to The Associated Press, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Iranian state television, “If we do want to make a bomb, we are not afraid of anybody.”  Agence France Presse quoted him as saying, “If we want to make a bomb we are not afraid of anyone and we are not afraid to announce… Read More ›

Iran Signals Continued Delay in Ratifying Nuclear Safety Pact: Is the Bushehr Power Reactor Safe?

June 22, 2011

By David Albright and Andrea Stricker

On June 21, Iran’s atomic energy chief, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, in a speech to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference on nuclear safety in Vienna, held to review safety standards in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, indicated that Iran is in no hurry to join the international Convention on Nuclear… Read More ›

UN Report Cites 2 Unreported Long-Range Iranian Missile Launches

June 17, 2011

The United Nations Panel of Experts report on Iran contains information about two previously unreported missile tests by Iran of long-range (approximately 2,000 km) ballistic Sejil/Ashura and Sejil-1 or -2 missiles.  The panel does not state that the launches were successful or why the launches were not publicly reported.  These launches suggest that the public may be getting only… Read More ›

IRGC Article Discusses “Day after Iran’s First Nuclear Test”

June 8, 2011

ISIS would like to draw your attention to an interesting new blog post by The Guardian’s Julian Borger which includes a translated text of a strange article posted April 24 on the Gerdab website, which is run by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  The article describes (in prose form) “the day after Iran’s first nuclear test,” which it… Read More ›

IAEA Worried about Ongoing Military Nuclear Work in Iran

June 8, 2011

By David Albright, Paul Brannan, and Andrea Stricker

On June 6, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in a speech to the IAEA Board of Governors that the agency had received “further information related to possible past or current undisclosed nuclear-related activities that seem to point to the existence of possible military… Read More ›

Moving 20 Percent Enrichment to Fordow:  Slow Motion Breakout Continues?

June 8, 2011

By David Albright, Paul Brannan, and Andrea Stricker

On June 8, Iran’s vice president and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Fereydoun Abbasi, announced that Iran would install 164-machine cascades of advanced centrifuges at the previously hidden Fordow enrichment plant and triple its enrichment output of 19.75 percent low enriched uranium… Read More ›

Time for Iran to Come Clean and Cooperate With the IAEA

June 7, 2011

By David Albright and Paul Brannan

The latest safeguards report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlights again the issue of potential nuclear weapons work in Iran.  In addition to providing more detail on the type of weapons work contained in the information that the IAEA has received, it also repeats a statement from a September 2010… Read More ›

The Iranian Power Struggle and its Implications for the Nuclear Crisis

June 2, 2011

Much has been made in the media about the power struggle between Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—with the backing of the Iranian parliament (Majles)—and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  The struggle may make less likely the prospect that Iran will be able (if it is indeed willing at all) to negotiate a diplomatic deal over the nuclear crisis in the near… Read More ›