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  1. Carbon Fiber Seized en Route to Iranian Businessman with Ties to Georgia and Hong Kong

    In December 2012, a shipment of carbon fiber was seized aboard the Shahraz, a ship en route from China to Bandar Abbas in Iran. The Shahraz was carrying 1,800 bobbins of carbon fiber weighing 7,200 kg and manufactured by the Japan-based company Toray. A U. ...

  2. Talks in NY Fail to Clear Enrichment Logjam

    Talks on a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran continued last week in New York, although any progress achieved was apparently not enough to justify elevating negotiations to the foreign minister level. Officials from both the P5+1 states and Iran voi ...

  3. Amidst Pessimism, Diplomats Prepare for Another Round of Nuclear Talks

    September 22, 2014 Policy Briefs Nuclear Talks resumed on Tehran’s nuclear program last Friday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. These negotiations – the first high-level talks since an interim nuclear accord was extended in July- ...

  4. Warnings from Israel and Congress after Talks Fail

    Warning flags went up in Israel and Congress last week, after nuclear talks with Iran ended again in failure on September 26. On September 29, in an address to the U.N. General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Iran was trying ...

  5. UN Report Shows Need for Honesty and Improved Inspections

    There was not much news in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s latest report on Iran, which was distributed on February 19: Iran continues to respect the restrictions of an interim nuclear deal struck with the United States and its partners; Iran also ...

  6. Netanyahu and White House Talk Past Each Other on Iran

    March 4, 2015 Policy Briefs Nuclear Yesterday in Washington, the showdown between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear talks came to a head.  In a controversial address before a joint meeting of Congress, ...

  7. Iran Displays New Missile; Nuclear Warhead Questions Still Unanswered

    March 10, 2015 Policy Briefs Nuclear Missile In a ceremony on March 8, Iran’s defense minister unveiled what he called a new, indigenously developed cruise missile, the Soumar, and announced the delivery of two medium-range ballistic missile systems to Ir ...

  8. Grappling with U.N. Sanctions

    Last week, negotiators in the ongoing nuclear talks grappled with how quickly to lift United Nations sanctions on Iran if a deal is reached. Reuters reported on March 12 that negotiators were discussing a U.N. Security Council resolution to lift these exis ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Inspections in Iran: What Would Inspectors Need? What Are the Lessons Learned from Iraq?

    As nuclear negotiations with Iran near their final stage, the question of inspections has come to the fore. If a final agreement is reached, inspections will be a principal means of assuring that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, either by “breakout” ...

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