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July 8th, 2009
10:40 AM ET

Misconceptions about Iran’s nuclear program

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/06/19/iran.nuclear.weapon/art.baradei.jpg caption="Mohamed ElBaradei, the IAEA's director-general, believes Iran wants nuclear weapon technology."]

David Albright and Jacqueline Shire
ISIS Nuclear Iran

ISIS is proud of its work identifying clandestine nuclear programs and proliferation risks around the world and bringing impartial analysis to politically-charged and often technically complex issues. Although no country with a major nuclear program has escaped ISIS’s investigations over the years, we have spent considerable effort on Iran since 2002.

ISIS has carefully chronicled Tehran’s development of the full nuclear fuel cycle, from uranium mining, to conversion, to a reactor and uranium enrichment. While diplomacy failed to arrest Iran’s progress over the last decade or so, Iran has succeeded in cobbling together an enrichment complex based on gas centrifuges, one with enough capability to produce enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, if the regime decides to do so.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Itai

    who to hell cares?

    many other countries allready are a nuclear threat in opposide to iran which maybe will be sometime in some future maybe maybe

    and if they have a nuclear weapon they turn into a part of the free world which calls it self civilisated

    one idiot more or less will not change a impotente system
    first build bombs and threat the whole world and if the others do the same the most dangerous countries come up and wanny TALK about a nuclear free world... now the others in iran or n.korea are joining the civilisated way of life as in the free western world ... so no need to cry ... the free world it self prepared the way to hell... so just dont cry if you face evil

    let us hope that iran and n.korea is smarter then the superiors and dont follow the misstakes of which we have great examples in the USA china india israel france and who ever is missing on the nuclear super power list

    maybe the world shall thank now to some arogante babies which broght up such stuff as a weapon because they were afright of geting a stone on the head in a fair fight

    July 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  2. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    What misconceptions? They either have it or they don't!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    July 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm |