Using the occasion of his country's "Nuclear Technology Day," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced two breakthroughs in Tehran's nuclear program. Iran is getting closer to its stated goal of a peaceful nuclear energy program--or according to its doubters, a nuclear weapon. An examination of Iran's quest to master the atom.
Although the Bush administration is campaigning for ballistic missile defense in Europe, it's unlikely Iran will possess any time soon a nuclear-armed missile capability such a defense would combat.
The recent National Intelligence Estimate on Iran suggests that the best way to curtail Iran's nuclear pursuits is to address its political motives.
If negotiations with Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions are to be successful, Tehran's regional neighbors must take a seat at the table.
While some U.S. officials overstate Iran's nuclear progress, much still remains unknown. It is clear, though, that Tehran faces considerable technical obstacles were it to pursue nuclear weapons.
Long before their current nuclear crisis, the United States and Iran overcame concerns about proliferation and sovereign rights to negotiate a nuclear accord. Can they do it again?
After Iran's first story of how it acquired uranium enrichment technology was rejected, evidence of a more complex procurement network began to emerge.
Iran has taken care to build its nuclear program around indigenous capabilities, including new universities where a new generation of science students is training.
In the early 1990s, the U.S. government started to suspect that Tehran had renewed its interest in acquiring a nuclear capability. Proof, however, was hard to come by.
The United States may be mobilizing to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power. But far more effort has gone into fighting Iran than forestalling conflict.
The six-year-long war has been a bonanza for arms traffickers, with billions of dollars in sales and decreased government controls. Not since World War II have arms sales been so profitable.