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Centrifuges: Key to Final Nuclear Deal

March 6, 2014
David Albright and Andrea Stricker             In any nuclear deal, Iran will have to limit the number of centrifuges it uses to enrich uranium, a process that produces fuel for both peaceful nuclear energy and the world’s deadliest weapon. But the exact number is likely to be one of the most…

Report: New Progress on Arak Reactor

July 15, 2013
            Iran’s heavy water reactor near the central city of Arak will likely begin operating in 2014, according to a new report by the Institute for Science and International Security. U.N. Security Council resolutions dating back to 2006 have urged Iran to stop construction on the Arak reactor…

NAM Countries Hypocritical on Iran

September 7, 2012
David Albright and Andrea Stricker            The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit ended on August 31 in Tehran with the adoption of a communiqué that is troubling and even hypocritical in its support for Iran’s nuclear program.   The final NAM document—in addition to the “Tehran Declaration,” a…

Iran’s Nuclear Moves Point to Increased Tensions

July 13, 2011
David Albright and Andrea Stricker      The conflict over Iran’s nuclear program appears to be getting worse.  In June, Iran decided to relocate 20 percent enrichment at its fortified Fordow enrichment plant near Qom and install advanced centrifuges that would triple its enrichment output. …

Iran’s Nuclear Program in 2011: Key Findings and Resources

June 16, 2011
David Albright and Andrea Stricker  Throughout 2011, the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) has closely followed the Iranian nuclear crisis, including Iran’s technical advancements, setbacks, controversy over possible military dimensions to its nuclear program…

New Claims on Iran Nuclear Program Questionable

April 8, 2011
David Albright and Andrea Stricker        The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a longstanding opposition group, claimed on April 7 that the Iranian regime has a secret facility producing centrifuge components for uranium enrichment, a process that can be used for both peaceful…

Iran’s Nuclear Setbacks: A key for U.S. diplomacy

January 18, 2011
David Albright and Andrea Stricker       Iran’s nuclear program is suffering mounting setbacks, which in turn will provide more time for diplomacy and reduce the imminence of military strikes. The problems fall into three broad categories : increased difficulty of obtaining essential parts on…