Iran In Brief

Archive: August 2011

Abbasi-Davani Interview on Iran’s 20 Percent Enrichment

August 31, 2011

In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) published August 30, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, announced that Iran would never halt its domestic production of 20 percent enriched uranium.  Agence France Presse reported on its apparent translation of the interview and added that Abbasi-Davani said Iran is no longer interested… Read More ›

Two Recent Media Reports to Note on Iran’s Nuclear Program

August 29, 2011

Report 1:  On August 25, the Suddeutsche Zeitung reported that Iran has received from North Korea a specialized computer program which simulates with great precision whether a nuclear bomb would explode.  According to Western intelligence sources, the computer program may have been part of a larger $100 million deal with North Korea for nuclear training and know-how and… Read More ›

Iran Moving Centrifuges to Fordow

August 24, 2011

After many months of delay, Iran has finally begun moving centrifuges from the Natanz enrichment plant for installation at the fortified Fordow facility near Qom.  On August 22, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, said that some centrifuges had been transferred and the facility is being prepared under the supervision of the International Atomic… Read More ›

Iran’s Critique of May 24, 2011 IAEA Safeguards Report: Arguments Not Based on Facts

August 12, 2011

by Paul Brannan

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently circulated a communication it received from Iran regarding the IAEA’s latest safeguards report from May 24, 2011.  In the letter, Iran addresses the safeguards report and criticizes much of the content.  The arguments… Read More ›