Dr. Herbert Lin

Herbert Lin

Herbert Lin

Articles by Herbert Lin

30 April 2013

Iran centrifuge magnet story technically questionable

Herbert Lin

 

Article Highlights

  • Based on an Institute for Science and International Security report, the Washington Post recently claimed that Iranian agents tried to buy 100,000 highly specialized, ring-shaped magnets allegedly intended for centrifuge machines, supposedly signaling a major expansion of Iran's nuclear program.
  • The magnets in question are not highly specialized and have many uses besides centrifuges; for example, such ceramic ring magnets have been used in loudspeakers for more than half a century.
  • On an issue as important as Iran's nuclear program, analysts and reporters should not jump to conclusions that are unsupported by evidence.