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IAEA Special Report on Iran

Special Report

Implementation of the NPT Safeguards
Agreement and relevant provisions of
Security Council resolutions in the
Islamic Republic of Iran

Report by the Director General 

November 8, 2011

excerpt…

53. The Agency has serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme. After assessing carefully and critically the extensive information available to it, the Agency finds the information to be, overall, credible. The information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device. The information also indicates that prior to the end of 2003, these activities took place under a structured programme, and that some activities may still be ongoing.

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IAEA to Iran: Explanation Required ASAP

Linear_implosion_schematicAs disclosed in VizReport in 2005, Iran has likely been working with small-scale nuclear weapon designs since shortly after they received them from the A.Q. Khan proliferation network in the 1990s, along with some advanced centrifuge designs.

The warhead schematics, probably for Soviet-era scalable-yield nuclear landmine configurations, were designed to be small enough to be hidden inconspicuously on the battlefield, even inside hollowed-out rocks or logs. This also makes them ideal for deployment on small- to medium-scale ballistic or cruise missiles.

The same A.Q. Khan ‘care packages’ were received by Libya, North Korea and Iran, though Libya subsequently came clean and turned their materials over to the IAEA, effectively terminating their covert nuclear program. North Korea went on to produce a small arsenal of plutonium-driven atomic weapons, while Iran claims to be pursuing only a peaceful nuclear energy program. Today’s revelation, however, would seem to strongly suggest otherwise.

Furthermore, because the former Soviet designs were mostly plutonium-based, the IAEA investigation of Iran’s nuclear program may have perhaps focused erringly on its acknowledged uranium capabilities, rather than the possibility that it had initiated a dual-track weapons development approach.

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For information on today’s disclosure, please read The Guardian’s story:

Exclusive coverage from The Guardian:

Iran tested advanced nuclear
warhead design – secret report

Watchdog fears Tehran has key component to put bombs in missiles

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design, the Guardian has learned.

The very existence of the technology, known as a “two-point implosion” device, is officially secret in both the US and Britain, but according to previously unpublished documentation in a dossier compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iranian scientists may have tested high-explosive components of the design. The development was today described by nuclear experts as “breathtaking” and has added urgency to the effort to find a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.

The sophisticated technology, once mastered, allows for the production of smaller and simpler warheads than older models. It reduces the diameter of a warhead and makes it easier to put a nuclear warhead on a missile.

Documentation referring to experiments testing a two-point detonation design are part of the evidence of nuclear weaponisation gathered by the IAEA and presented to Iran for its response.

The dossier, titled “Possible Military Dimensions of Iran’s Nuclear Program”, is drawn in part from reports submitted to it by western intelligence agencies.

The agency has in the past treated such reports with scepticism, particularly after the Iraq war. But its director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, has said the evidence of Iranian weaponisation “appears to have been derived from multiple sources over different periods of time, appears to be generally consistent, and is sufficiently comprehensive and detailed that it needs to be addressed by Iran”…

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For more background on Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan’s proliferation
network, see this
September 10th story from the Economist.

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Iran’s Chariot of Fire

The 3-minute video that may prove Iran’s nuclear intentions
By Yossi Melman (Haaretz.com)

VIENNA – The last place you would expect to hear the apocalyptic soundtrack of the movie “Chariots of Fire” would be Iran. This 1981 film recounts the story of a Jewish British athlete and his teammate, a devout Christian, who refuses to compete on Sunday, his day of rest. But this soundtrack accompanies a highly secret video, produced by Iranian nuclear scientists, but never screened before the general public – a three-minute film depicting a computerized simulation of the detonation of a warhead, most likely a nuclear one. Whether it was intentional or merely coincidental, the nameless Iranian editor decided to use the soundtrack of the British blockbuster to accompany the video.

This film was, however, screened on February 26, 2008, in the fourth-floor conference room of Building C at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) overlooking the Danube. The host of the screening was Finnish nuclear physicist Olli Heinonen, the IAEA’s deputy director general and head of its inspection department, officially called the Department of Safeguards. In attendance were representatives of the 35 member states that constitute the organization’s board of governors. It was one of the most important meetings ever held by the IAEA…

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C’mon, Matt…

Drudge Report seems to be in some sort of feeding frenzy at the moment. Maybe they’re trying to drive more traffic in order to sell more ads. Matt…?

Just check the following page leader from earlier today:

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Source: www.drudgereport.com

What can I say? Well, right off the bat, it’s definitely inflammatory. And, what’s more, it’s needlessly inflammatory and not at all representative of the text contained in the linked story. When did Matthew Drudge turn into J. Jonah Jameson? (The Drudge Report website just dropped two notches in my book.)

The Drudge-linked Washington Post story goes on to say that President Obama endorses the right of the Iranian people to energy security, including the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Isn’t that what we’ve been telling Iran for years through the IAEA? Is it not already the official position of both the US government and the United Nations Security Council?

This is almost a ‘non-story’ — and yet Drudge goes BOLD RED CAPS with what, to many readers, might sound like Obama endorsing covert Iranian nuclear weapons development. Outright fear-mongering.

So, congratulations, Matt, for getting it so wrong — and for looking so cravenly propagandistic while doing it!

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