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  1. CIA Hints at Secret Means to Stop an Iranian Bomb

    March 24, 2015 Policy Briefs Nuclear In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, CIA Director John Brennan hinted that the United States has secret means to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  Asked about a “breakout” scenario in which Iran might ...

  2. Do We Have a Deal? Sticking Points Persist

    April 2, 2015 Policy Briefs In a Joint Statement on April 2, negotiators announced that Iran and the P5+1 countries have “taken a decisive step” and “reached solutions on key parameters” of a nuclear agreement.  But how “decisive” are the “solutions” anno ...

  3. The World Reacts to Nuclear Framework with Iran

    April 9, 2015 Policy Briefs Reaction to the recently-announced framework for a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 countries was intensely polarized, ranging from strong support and cautious optimism to skepticism and outright denunciation.  The W ...

  4. Obama Fends Off Congress but Putin Complicates Talks

    April 15, 2015 Policy Briefs The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved a compromise bill yesterday that would allow Congress to review and vote on any nuclear agreement with Iran.  The White House has indicated that it would sign the bil ...

  5. Illegal Iranian Procurement Network Exposed

    April 21, 2015 Policy Briefs The Justice Department has charged four companies and five individuals for participating in an international network that illegally procured $24 million in controlled goods for the Iranian military and for nuclear end-users.   ...

  6. UK Reports Active Nuclear Procurement Involving Sanctioned Companies

    The British government informed the U.N. Panel of Experts in April of “an active Iranian nuclear procurement network” involving two blacklisted Iranian companies, according to a Reuters report published on April 30. Iran’s continuing efforts to procure ura ...

  7. More Cracks in Iran Sanctions

    Last week saw the emergence of another illicit nuclear procurement effort by Iran. On May 13, Reuters reported that Czech authorities had stopped an attempt by Iran in January to purchase $61 million worth of compressors, which can be used in uranium enric ...

  8. U.N. Panel Reports “Drastic” Reduction in Reporting on Illicit Iranian Procurement

    No new instances of illicit procurement by Iran have been confirmed over the past year, according to a June 2 report by the U.N. Panel of Experts. According to the Panel, this lack of reporting “could reflect a general reduction of procurement activities b ...

  9. Is the Additional Protocol Sufficient to Verify Iran’s Nuclear Program?

    Iran has agreed to implement the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Additional Protocol as part of a comprehensive nuclear deal, but Iranian negotiators have been reluctant to grant the Agency inspection rights that go beyond the Additional P ...

  10. How to Evaluate a Nuclear Deal with Iran

    July 9, 2015 Policy Briefs If negotiators in Vienna reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, attention will shift toward Congress and its legislatively mandated review of the deal.  For an agreement to be considered successful, it should, at minimu ...

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