Opening the Door to a Solution with Iran
Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
May 9, 2012
Commentary by: Olli Heinonen, Belfer Center senior fellow, and David Albright, president and founder of ISIS
Topic: Iran’s nuclear program
“The recent nuclear talks with Iran in Istanbul represent a significant gain for the United States. These talks have established a step-by-step, or action-for-action, process to prevent Iran increasing its nuclear weapons capabilities and create confidence that Iran is not on a quest for nuclear weapons. However, success is by no means assured.
An Iranian decision to address at least part of the evidence about its past military nuclear programs is necessary to build confidence at this critical, initial stage that this difficult negotiating process has a chance of achieving its ultimate goal. It would be imprudent to assume Iran is acting in good faith about the rest of its nuclear programs without addressing those past activities which are at the heart of the dispute between Iran and the international community over whether or not it intends to build nuclear weapons. Only by understanding Iran’s past military nuclear activities can confidence develop that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons today. Recent evidence about Iran’s past military nuclear activities at the Physics Research Center (PHRC) provides an opportunity to start dealing with this difficult issue.”