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Iran update: number 127

Summary

  • Russia decides not to sell Iran its S-300 anti-aircraft system
  • In the second presidential debate, Obama and McCain sound off on sanctions
  • The Bush Administration holds off on establishing permanent diplomatic presence in Iran
  • Iran refutes earlier hints that it might cease uranium enrichment on condition that it receives a guaranteed international supply of nuclear fuel
  • Iran withdraws its bid to be on the board of the IAEA in favor of regional partner Syria

 

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A World Without Nuclear Weapons: The International Dimension

BASIC joined with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC to jointly sponsor a debrief on the recent meeting on nuclear disarmament in Oslo, Norway.

Ambassadors Max Kampelman and James Goodby (U.S.-ret.) and Dr. George Perkovich discussed the means of revitalizing the international disarmament movement.

Follow this link to USIP for a summary and audio recordings of the event:

Iran update: number 112

Summary

  • P5+1 met on January 22 to discuss Iran but disagreement within the group set to hinder progress.
  • US diplomacy against Iran
  • Iran making new disclosures about nuclear programme to IAEA.
  • Iran receives third shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia and plans to significantly expand nuclear programme.

 

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Iran update: number 111

Summary

  • US heat turned down on Iran, in spite of the President
  • Outstanding IAEA questions to Iran
  • US statement: Iran no longer assisting Iraqi insurgents
  • Pentagon says US ships harassed by Iran
  • Congress passes Iran democracy bill
  • Iran's changing regional relationships
  • Russia begins delivery of nuclear fuel to Bushehr
  • Iran produces first nuclear fuel pellets

The New Year marked a dramatic turn-around in the mood music towards Iran in Washington, and attention focused almost entirely upon Pa

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The Iranian nuclear crisis: a risk assessment

Sir John Thomson argues that the Western approach to Tehran, currently led by the Bush Administration, is unlikely to halt Iran's uranium enrichment program, and may even contribute to the worst case scenarios: a war with Iran and an Iranian nuclear weapon. He concludes by surveying three options for the nuclear program: "mothballing," "pilot plant," and "multilateral enrichment facility."

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