Iranian Nuclear Program Advances Despite New Diplomacy
Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh answers questions from the press during an IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna, November 29, 2012. (ALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images)
December 11, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa

Diplomatic efforts will resume over the next few weeks to persuade Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program and alleged nuclear weapons research, but a recent International Atomic Energy Agency report indicates that Iran’s nuclear program is continuing to accelerate. In this special analysis, LIGNET discusses this and other reports and what they mean for the Middle East and the world.
A November 16 IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear program did not break new ground but provided further details on Iran’s production of enriched uranium in violation of repeated Security Council resolutions. According to the IAEA report, Iran has produced an additional 735 kilograms of low-enriched uranium (LEU) enriched to about 5% U-235, bringing its total stockpile of LEU to about 7,611 kg; enough to make nuclear fuel for five to seven nuclear weapons if further enriched to weapons grade.

Editor’s note: This special LIGNET analysis was written by a former senior U.S. official who served as a U.S. delegate to International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors meetings.
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