Iran In Brief

Natanz Enrichment Plant: How to Measure Progress

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September 1, 2009

Before the release of the much anticipated August 2009 IAEA safeguards report on Iran there were a lot of rumors regarding a supposed slow down in the Iranian enrichment program. Following the IAEA report which indicated that 2 cascades with a total of 328 centrifuges at the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant had been taken off line, some media sources reported that the Iranian nuclear program had slowed. In fact, the progress of an enrichment program is measured by the combination of several metrics.
In its latest report ISIS suggests a more comprehensive method of interpreting the data presented in the IAEA report which, did not necessarily imply an actual slow down in the enrichment program.

You can find the full report here: Natanz Enrichment Plant: How to Measure Progress

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