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Getting to Zero Update

In the run up to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference (3-28 May), there have been a number of critical developments. Russia and the United States have signed the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the Obama Administration just released its Nuclear Posture Review, and Washington is about to host one of its largest summits ever, on nuclear security. BASIC has been following all of these developments (see below) and will continue coverage as their impact unfolds. 

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Iran Update: Number 141

Iran Update: Number 140

Getting to Zero Update

Iran Update: Number 139

Iran update: number 132

Summary

  • The IAEA releases its latest report on Iran
  • US intelligence officials indicate that Tehran is far off from producing a nuclear weapon
  • Iran launches its first satellite into orbit and plans to expand its launch capabilities
  • Testing phase at the Bushehr reactor site begins
  • President Obama addresses Iranian government, calling for improved relations while expanding sanctions
  • Tehran responds with cautious optimism, but also frustration
  • Iran invited to international security conference on Afghanistan
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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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