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Iran update: number 117

Summary

  • IAEA seeks explanation of documents that show nuclear warhead design.
  • Diplomatic engagement with Iran: P5, Germany and the EU meet in Shanghai; IAEA encourages Iran to re-enter negotiations; Iran to extend a solution; the secret US- Iranian talks facilities by Thomas Pickering.

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BASIC in Tehran

BASIC Co-Executive Director, Paul Ingram, is to present two papers seeking to change the frame of the international debate over Iran's nuclear program to an international conference on the subject in Tehran on 9th March, hosted by the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), a think-tank closely associated with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic. One is entitled Iran's Role in Moving Towards a Nuclear Weapon Free World, the other Other solutions to Iran's Energy Insecurity.

Toward true security

Some eight years into the 21st century, the threats to international security posed by the numbers, deployments and spread of nuclear weapons remain all too ominous. Disconcertingly, the possibility of a surprise attack - perhaps a tragic miscalculation or a criminal action - is an ongoing reality some six decades into the nuclear age.

A world free of nuclear weapons

The United States should take the lead in forging a new global consensus on nuclear disarmament, married to an action plan of urgent interim steps to control and reduce nuclear weapons, according to two Cold War veterans Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr, former General Counsel and acting director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and Ambassador Robert L Barry, former ambassador to the Stockholm Conference on Disarmament in Europe and member of the board of the British American Security and Information C

Success with Iran requires moves towards disarmament

I have recently reflected that my youthful passion for disarmament originated from a black and white sense of justice, and that I have retained it through the insight that acts of logical self-interest often lead to immense risk and could ultimately lead to the destruction of civilisation. While climate change and other environmental threats arise from our corporate materialistic lifestyles, the threat of nuclear proliferation and Armageddon comes from fear, competition and the quest for power amongst elites. The injustice feels more carnal, the universal threat more outrageous.

Iran update: number 113

Summary

  • P5+1 agree new wave of sanctions on Iran
  • Iran predicts it will be using nuclear power by next year
  • A Chinese military base in Iran: the geo-political consequences
  • US Iranians oppose military action
  • Congress discusses normalizing relations with Iran and assessing the effectiveness of sanctions and the policy of isolation

After meeting on January 22, the P5+1 were reported to have agreed a draft for strengthening the existing economic sanctions against Iran.

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Getting to Zero Update

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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