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Iran’s Military Nuclear Program Lasted Longer Than We Thought

Lasrick writes: Two articles in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists analyze the IAEA’s December 2nd report (PDF) on the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program. Ariane Tabatabai goes into what the report did (and did not) reveal: “According to U.S. intelligence, Iran ceased its nuclear-weapon-related activities in 2003 and did not subsequently make a political decision to resume them. The IAEA report unsurprisingly indicates that Tehran did have a “coordinated” nuclear weapon development program until 2003. Iran further engaged in some activities after 2003 but these were not coordinated, according to the report.” Harvard’s Martin Malin summarizes key takeaways from the process: “[T]he report points out that, unfortunately, Iran has taken steps that make it more difficult for the country to put the past behind it.”


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