Bipartisan Policy Center Analysis: New International Atomic Energy Agency Report on Iran Shows Disturbing Advancements

Friday, February 24, 2012

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Foreign Policy Project (FPP) released an analysis of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s latest report on Iran’s nuclear program, including their implications for attempts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Read the full analysis here.

Earlier this month, BPC released its fourth report on Iran’s nuclear development, Meeting the Challenge: Stopping the Clock. The report urges the United States to immediately adopt a triple-track strategy that simultaneously pursues diplomacy, tough sanctions and credible, visible preparations for military action on the part of the United States or Israel.

“The IAEA’s latest findings are extremely disturbing, and demonstrate that Iran is accelerating its nuclear program despite tough international sanctions. Iran has reached all-time highs in its production rate of enriched uranium, and installed and operating centrifuges,” said Dr. Michael Makovsky, Director of BPC’s FPP. “Perhaps most worrying, the previously covert Fordow facility near Qom, which began operations in December, is already quickly accelerating Iran’s capability to produce the fissile material needed for a nuclear device. We urge the Obama administration and Congress to adopt the triple-track strategy laid out in our latest report on Iran.”

For more information on the BPC’s Iran Initiative, please visit www.bipartisanpolicy.org.

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Joann Donnellan
(703) 966-1990
jdonnellan@bipartisanpolicy.org

2012-02-24 00:00:00
Recently Released BPC Report Recommended a Triple-Track Strategy Toward Iran that Pursues Diplomacy, Sanctions and Credible Preparations for Military Action