AUTHORThe International Institute for Strategic Studies
TITLEIran's Strategic Weapons Programmes: A Net Assessment
PUBLISHERRoutledge for International Institute for Strategic Studies
CITYLondon, UK

This book surveys Iran’s nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons capabilities, as well as its missile delivery systems. The report first reviews the political history of Iran’s nuclear program. It then discusses in depth Iran's capabilities, from mining uranium through building reactors, with an emphasis on its abilities to enrich uranium with centrifuges. After reviewing several scenarios, the report concludes that Iran is still several years away from developing nuclear weapons and that it would be difficult to do so in secrecy. The report then presents what is known about Iran’s biological and chemical weapons programs. Finally, it examines Iran’s ability to deliver a weapon of mass destruction with its missile program, which began in the mid-1980s. In the conclusion, the report assesses several outcomes of the negotiations between Iran and France, Germany, and Great Britain, including the possibility Iran could face referral to the Security Council of the United Nations for economic sanctions or even military strikes. The report was prepared from public sources and relies heavily on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) reports. The authoring organization, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, was founded in 1958 and is based in London. Through its extensive range of publications it is an important source of authoritative information about international political and military issues.

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