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Articles and Reports
May 13, 2013
There has been a lot of talk about Iran making a sudden dash for the bomb. With its thousands of gas centrifuges, and its tons of enriched uranium, Iran might be able to make a bomb’s worth of nuclear fuel before any other country, such as the United States, could intervene to stop it—that is the fear. In September, Israel’s Prime Minister...
Articles and Reports
February 25, 2013
North Korea’s nuclear saga is a cautionary tale for anyone attempting to bargain with the Islamic Republic. Before making any halfway deal, U.S. and European diplomats should insist that Iran remove itself from the path that North Korea so easily followed. If Iran wants to convince the world that it has no desire to acquire nuclear weapons, then...
Articles and Reports
February 21, 2013
Talks with Iran over its nuclear program resume next week in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The stakes are high. Pressure from sanctions has increased, but Iran’s nuclear progress continues as well. Last year, the P5+1 negotiating partners – the five members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany – offered Iran an interim deal that addressed some...
Articles and Reports
February 6, 2013
A tough new U.S. sanctions measure against Iran goes into effect today, restricting foreign governments from remitting payments for Iranian oil back to Tehran. The payments now must be kept within the banking system of the oil-importing country and can be used by Iran only to purchase local goods. If the local bank transfers the Iranian funds...
Articles and Reports
October 12, 2012
"Facts matter." That's what Vice President Joe Biden said during the portion of last night's debate with Congressman Paul Ryan that related to Iran. Facts especially matter when discussing what the debate's moderator called the biggest national security threat facing the United States. So, how were Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan on the...
Articles and Reports, Wisconsin Project Investigations
August 2, 2012
Nearly four years after the United States first sanctioned the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and its fleet, the company appears to be struggling to stay afloat. IRISL has been scrambling in recent months, setting up new front companies, dissolving others, swapping personnel, re-naming vessels, and re-flagging ships to...
Articles and Reports
June 20, 2012
A third round of nuclear talks with Iran in as many months ended yesterday with the same disappointing result: no progress. After two days of negotiations in Moscow, Iran was still adamant in rejecting a call to stop enriching uranium up to 20 percent, and to close its provocative enrichment site at Fordow, which is tunneled into a mountain to...
Articles and Reports
August 1, 2011
Iran has just announced plans to triple its production of uranium enriched to the level used in research reactors. This step may seem merely technical to the average person, but it has vast implications. Once accomplished, this feat will elevate Iran to a "virtual" nuclear weapon state. Enriching to the level planned accomplishes 90 percent of the...
Articles and Reports
October 29, 2010
The U.S. Treasury Department this week extended sanctions against Iran's national shipping company, the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) - blacklisting 37 front companies and five individuals that have helped IRISL evade U.S. sanctions. Iran uses IRISL and its affiliates "to advance its illicit weapons of mass destruction program...
Articles and Reports, Wisconsin Project Investigations
April 9, 2010
In September 2008, the United States blacklisted Iran's state shipping company and its fleet of 123 vessels because of the company's role in supplying Iran's weapon programs. Soon after, in an effort to evade this sanction, the company began a large-scale re-labeling of its ships, giving them new names, new managers, new "owners" - in short, new...

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