Initial Reactions to the IAEA’s PMD Report

by David Albright, Andrea Stricker, and Serena Kelleher-Vergantini

December 2, 2015

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• Despite obfuscation and stonewalling by Iran, the IAEA confirmed that Iran had a coordinated nuclear weapons development program until the end of 2003 and conducted some weapons development activities after 2003.

• Overall, Iran provided little real cooperation. Denials and lack of truthfulness should not be confused with cooperation in the context of the JCPOA, any more than such “cooperation” by a defendant in a criminal investigation would be construed as real cooperation.

• Faced with such outright Iranian efforts to deceive the inspectors, the IAEA broke relatively little new ground.

• The truth of Iran’s work on nuclear weapons is probably far more extensive than outlined by the IAEA in this report.

• The IAEA drew conclusions where it was able to. The bottom line is that the IAEA’s investigation into the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programs cannot be understood to be concluded, certainly it cannot be closed.

Please find a link to the full IAEA report here.

ISIS will issue a full analysis of the report in the coming days.

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