evidence submitted to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK
Parliament on 'Iran's Nuclear Programme' on 11 June 2007.
The first section of this report deals with a number of questions
related to Iran’s nuclear intentions and Iran’s obligations
under the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
and the related safeguards agreement with the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA). The five questions addressed in this section
are as follow.
i. What criteria could be used to determine whether Iran has the
intention to acquire nuclear weapons?
ii. What have been the main areas of Iran’s non-compliance
with its IAEA safeguards?
iii. What have been the main remaining outstanding questions by
the IAEA regarding Iran’s nuclear programme by May 2007?
iv. What are the main components of the decision-making process
in Iran regarding the nuclear programme?
v. What are the differences between the Security Council Resolution
687 adopted against Iraq in 1991 and the Security Council Resolution
1696, 1737 and 1747 adopted against Iran in 2006 and 2007?
The second part of the report deals with the main technological
developments in Iran’s nuclear programme. There are three
inter-related questions addressed in this section.
i. How far is Iran from the capability to construct a simple atomic
device and to deploy an operational nuclear weapon?
ii. What is the relationship between civil and military aspects
of Iran’s nuclear programme?
iii. Could Iran’s uranium enrichment programme be used only
for producing fuel in civil nuclear reactors?
The third part of this report provides an overview of Iran’s
nuclear programme within the global context of the nuclear non-proliferation
regime. The five main questions addressed in this section are
i. In which manner have the expectations put on the role and objective
of the NPT and IAEA Safeguards evolved historically, and what
impact have those changes had on the current dispute over Iran’s
ii. In what circumstances would Iran more likely to withdraw from
iii. What has been the role of Iran in the NPT related export
control measures, agreements and proposals between 1970 and 2007?
iv. Why have the United Kingdom and the United States been reluctant
to provide a legally binding and unconditional security assurances
to Iran and other non-nuclear weapon states?
v. What are the key obstacles as well as common interests in the
diplomatic negotiations to reach an agreement between Iran and
The last section of the report provides two appendices.
i. Appendix I: Chronology of the Main Events in the Procurement
of Iran’s Centrifuge and Uranium Enrichment Technology between
ii. Appendix II: Chronology of the Main Events in the Negotiations
Between Iran and the Three European Countries, France, Germany
and the United Kingdom (E3) between October 2003 and May 2006,
and between Iran and the P5+1 between 6 June 2006 and 31 May 2007.
For a copy of this report please follow either the link at
publication section of the United Kingdom's parliament
or contact the author at
2. Interview with the BBC Radio 4, Today programme,
on Iran's nuclear programme, the threat of Iran's withdrawal from
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and possible further
sanctions by the United Nations Security Council, broadcast at
6:55 a.m. on Friday 30 November 2007. To listen to the analysis
in this interview please follow the website link to the
Audio Archive of the Today programme.
3. Paper submitted to the Iraq Commission in
the United Kingdom on 22 June 2007 with the title of 'Should
the United Kingdom and the United States withdraw their military
forces from Iraq, and how the withdrawal could be achieved without
worsening the exisiting levels of chaos and violence in the country,
or increasing the possibility of collapse of the Iraqi state apparatus
or a regional war involving the neighbouring countries of Iraq?'
For a copy of this paper please either follow the link in
the Iraq's Commission's website or contact the author
articles in the Oxford University Press publication of the International
Encyclopaedia of Peace on the topics of 'Arms Control and Disarmament:
Theory,' 'Arms Control and Disarmament: Negotiations,' and 'Unilateral
Nuclear Weapons Disarmament: Policy,'.
Clash of Ideologies or Peaceful Multilateral Negotiations Based
on National Interests: the Degree of Iranís Commitment to the
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)',
on 11 May 2005 at the 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to
the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at
the United Nations in New York, 2-27 May 2005 by Elahe Mohtasham.
For a copy of this paper please see the page on this website 'The
The paper on 'Nuclear
Weapons Non-Proliferation in the Middle East and South Asia: Issues
and Policy Recommendations'. For the text of this
presentation at the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee
(PrepCom) for the 2005 Review Conference of the States Parties
to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
at the United Nations in New York, 26 April-7 May 2004 by Elahe
Mohtasham, please see the page on this website through the following
NPT PrepCom 2004'.
7. The Paper on 'Programme
to Promote Participation in the NPT Compliance'.
For the text of this presentation at the Second Session
of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2005 Review Conference
of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of
Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland,
28April-9 May 2003 by Elahe Mohtasham, please see the page on
this website through the following link: 'The
NPT PrepCom 2003.'
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and the NPT (1939-2003), including the text of the NPT.
2. Arms Control in the Middle East: This section
would cover the history of arms control proposals for the Middle
3. North Korea: This section would be on the
history of the nuclear power development in North Korea.
4. South Korea: This section would be on the
history of the nuclear power development in South Korea.
5. Iran: This section would be on the history
of the nuclear power development in Iran.
6. Iraq: This section would be on the history
of the nuclear power development in Iraq.
7. India: This section would be on the history
of the nuclear power development in India.
8. Pakistan: This section would be on the history
of the nuclear power development in Pakistan.
9. Israel: This section would be on the history
of the nuclear power development in Israel.
10. The Five Nuclear Weapon States: This section
would provide overall analyses of the early history of the nuclear
weapons developments in the five nuclear weapon states, the United
States (1939-1953), the former Soviet Union (1939-1953), the United
Kingdom (1939-1964), France (1939-1964) and China (1949-1965).
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