Experts are touting this as the first moment in a decade when both sides are hopeful about a negotiated solution.
With the coming to power of the new administration in Iran, there is a renewed hope for nuclear negotiations.
Despite undergoing some delays, Iran’s construction of a new heavy water reactor to the northwest of the city of Arak could eventually match the proliferation risk posed by the country’s uranium enrichment program.
Satellite images show activity at Yongbyon nuclear complex in North Korea.
Were U.S.-Iran diplomacy to significantly improve after Rouhani’s election, the revelation that Iran was preparing a new underground nuclear site would be poison.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, is the most important player in decisions on Iran’s nuclear program. So in the aftermath of Hassan Rouhani’s election, the global community had better pay close attention to what Khamenei says.
About a year before the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was opened for signature in 1968, U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson made a pitch to the non-nuclear weapon states on the subject of IAEA safeguards that would be applied under the treaty.
Greater scrutiny should be given to how states such as Brazil, Egypt, Syria, and Thailand cooperate with the IAEA or support the nonproliferation regime more generally.
The IAEA has some outreach to do in a lot of states that are having difficulty meeting their safeguards obligations because they don’t understand them, don’t prioritize them, or don’t have enough resources.
There’s mounting concern over the Iranian nuclear program. Is Tehran simply playing cat and mouse with the international community and buying time until it is ready to develop a nuclear weapon?