Tuesday, July 01, 2008

New CRS Report on Iran's Nuclear Program

The Congressional Research Service has published a new report by Paul K. Kerr on the status of Iran's nuclear program. The report can be downloaded from the Federation of American Scientists' website here.

1 comment:

Cy said...

Quite a misleading report!

For example, he's plain wrong to say that Iran "halted its nuclear program after the revolution"

He's also being disingenious to say that "Iran resumed uranium conversion in August 2005 under the leadership of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad"

This skips lightly over why Iran resumed enrichment: no mention of the fact that the EU-3 offer to Iran violated the terms of the Paris Agreement by demanding that Iran permanently abandon enrichment technology. And the reference to Ahmadinejad is misleading too. In fact Iran had announced plans to restart enrichment months before Ahmadinejad's election, and only delayed it for a few months in order to allow the IAEA to install the necessary monitoring equipment. The resumption of enrichment roughly co-incided with Ahmadinejad's presidency, it had absolutely nothing to do with Ahmadinejad. In fact, Iran's nuclear program is not operated "under the leadership of Ahmadinejad "or any other Iranian president - it falls under the authority of the Supreme Leader.

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