Institute for Science and International Security

Posted: June 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

ISIS Video Vault

ISIS is launching a new section of its website known as the Video Vault. The vault contains publicly available as well as exclusive archival and contemporary footage of events, sites, personalities and illustrations of the development, propagation and testing of nuclear technology.
Given the specific nature of the material, some of the footage may be of lower quality or in the original language.

The new section will be periodically updated as ISIS obtains new video material or recovers and makes digitally available more of its archival footage.

You can watch the material at: ISIS Video Vault

New Satellite Image of Chashma Nuclear Site in Pakistan

July 9, 2010

Google Earth has recently posted GeoEye satellite imagery taken on February 2, 2010 showing the Chashma nuclear site in Pakistan (32.38858, 71.44955).  The previous image of Chashma available on Google Earth is from August 18, 2007.  The new imagery shows both the Chasnupp1 1 and 2 reactors, as well as a new clearing that could be intended for the construction of administrative buildings.  Construction work on the Chasnupp 2 reactor has progressed with a completed stack, a nearly completed row of cooling towers and a roof placed on top of the reactor and associated buildings.

China assisted Pakistan in building the Chasnupp 1 and 2 reactors.  The Chasnupp 1 reactor is already operational, and the Chasnupp 2 reactor is under construction.  China and Pakistan are seeking to cooperate on the construction of a third and fourth reactor at the Chashma site.  The US has stated that China should provide further details regarding this nuclear cooperation with Pakistan at the Chashma site and that the deal requires approval from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

There also appears to be continuing construction activity on a compound in the southwest section of the site.  ISIS speculated in a 2007 report that this may be the site of the previously abandoned Chashma reprocessing facility.  This compound appeared overgrown and unused in satellite imagery from 2000, but resurgence in construction activity can be seen in the years that followed. 2

See the full imagery analysis at: New Satellite Image of Chashma Nuclear Site in Pakistan

New Der Spiegel Article on Iran’s Nuclear Program

June 21, 2010

Erich Follath and Holger Stark of Der Spiegel Magazine have published an excellent, comprehensive article on the history of Iran’s nuclear program. The article discusses an important advocate of Iranian nuclear weapons, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, described as the “Robert Oppenheimer of Iran.” It reveals new information regarding intercepted Iranian documents involving Fakhrizadeh in 2003 where he and other scientists voiced their frustration after their program funds had been cut. These communications may have underpinned the main conclusions in the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, which judged that Iran’s nuclear weapons program was halted in 2003.

Read the full article on the Der Spiegel website here.

For more information from ISIS on Iran’s nuclear program, visit ISISNuclearIran

UAE Cracks Down on Iran’s Illicit Trade

June 25, 2010

On June 21, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) newspaper, Gulf News Daily, quoted an anonymous government official as saying the UAE had closed down some 40 local and international companies associated with illicit trade to Iran over the past two years.  The official said that these companies traded in “dual-use and dangerous materials banned under UN resolutions and the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.” On June 22, Agence France Presse quoted a “Western diplomat” who said that U.S. pressure had succeeded in convincing the federal government based in Abu Dhabi to ramp up its efforts to crack down on Iran’s illicit trade, prompting the announcement.  This positive UAE announcement indicates that the United States has considerable diplomatic influence at its disposal to convince additional allies to clamp down on Iran’s illicit trading activities in military and dual-use equipment, and it should continue these efforts with other governments.

Read the full article at: UAE Cracks Down on Iran’s Illicit Trade

For more information from ISIS on Iran’s nuclear program, visit ISISNuclearIran

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