ISIS Iran Reports

The following reports address specific issues in Iran's nuclear programs, whether imagery analysis of ongoing work at a nuclear site such as Natanz, our assessment of the latest IAEA report on Iran’s implementation of its safeguards obligations, or a summary of where the various U.S. Presidential candidates stand on the issues.

Archive: November 2008

November 19, 2008: IAEA Report Analysis:  Enrichment output steady; centrifuge numbers to increase dramatically;no access to Arak,

The report makes three points:  Iran continues to make progress on developing and operating its centrifuges and plans to significantly increase the number of operational centrifuges; it has refused to allow the IAEA access to the Arak heavy water reactor that is under construction; and continues to resist efforts to address substantively its alleged nuclear weapons-related work, which the IAEA says remains of serious concern.

November 13, 2008: Arak Heavy Water Reactor Construction Progressing,

Much of the focus on Iran’s nuclear facilities remains fixed on the Natanz enrichment plants and Iran’s progress toward mastering the gas centrifuge uranium enrichment
process.  While seldom noticed, Iran continues with construction of a heavy water reactor at Arak, called the IR-40, which has a declared power of 40 megawatts-thermal.

November 12, 2008: Unprecedented Projected Nuclear Growth in the Middle East:Now is the Time to Create Effective Barriers to Proliferation ,

This report examines future Middle East reactor projects and the large quantities of plutonium in spent fuel expected to accumulate from reactor operations.  Since Iran’s nuclear progress could cause other nations to consider their options, several steps must be taken now to prevent proliferation from occurring in the region.