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October 18, 2013

"In Response to Recent Questionable Claims about North Korea’s Indigenous Production of Centrifuges"

Op-Ed, India & Global Affairs

By David Albright and Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

After reading the summary paper presented at a conference in Seoul on September 25, 2013, “New insights into North Korea’s gas centrifuge enrichment program” by Joshua Pollack, with the aid of R. Scott Kemp, we remain unconvinced about its central conclusions.  In particular, we disagree with several that have been widely reported in the media, such as that policies based on export controls, sanctions and interdiction “won’t get much traction” and a verifiable denuclearization deal may be “out of reach.”1  We have identified several problems from the summary of the forthcoming analysis which would undermine those as well as other conclusions they draw.



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November 27, 2012

Understanding the IAEA's Mandate in Iran: Avoiding Misinterpretations


By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, David Albright and Orde Kittrie

Much attention has focused on Iran's advancing nuclear program, on the peace and security concerns which that program has raised, and on the international policy debate over how to respond to that program. Far less attention has been paid to the various legal-sounding arguments used by Iran and a few academics to call into question the mandate of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to investigate and make determinations about actual or suspected violations of Iran’s legal obligations.



May 9, 2012

"Opening the Door to a Solution with Iran"


By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and David Albright

The recent nuclear talks with Iran in Istanbul represent a significant gain for the United States. These talks have established a step-by-step, or action-for-action, process to prevent Iran increasing its nuclear weapons capabilities and create confidence that Iran is not on a quest for nuclear weapons. However, success is by no means assured.



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