Olli Heinonen and Simon Henderson on Iran’s nuclear program

What We Know About Iran’s Nukes
The Wall Street Journal
September 7, 2012
Op-ed by: Olli Heinonen, Belfer Center fellow, and Simon Henderson, Baker fellow and director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at The Washington Institute
Topic: Iran’s nuclear program

“Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei claimed last week that his government isn’t interested in nuclear weapons: ‘Our motto is nuclear energy for all and nuclear weapons for none,’ he said. A better perspective was provided almost simultaneously from the world’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, which on Aug. 30 released its latest report on Iran’s nuclear activities.

The report, written in a mix of bureaucrat-speak and obscure science, nevertheless conveys a worrying message. It shows that Iran continues to expand its capacity for enriching uranium. There are now two new groups of centrifuges installed at Fordow—the hardened site built under a mountain near the holy city of Qom—which signals a doubling of the site’s capacity since May.”

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