Iran's Military Complex: Understanding Parchin -- New AEI Report

As International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials meet with Iranian officials in another attempt to gain access to a nuclear-related site at Parchin, a new report by AEI's Critical Threats Project Iran team lead Maseh Zarif explains how that site fits into the Iranian military complex and highlights Iran’s pattern of obfuscation.

  • Iran's pattern of deception: The regime's refusal to provide IAEA inspectors access to facilities and personnel involved in recent weaponization work, including at Parchin, is one element of its broader denial-and-deception campaign.
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  • Risking an Iranian bomb? Given the state of Iran's uranium enrichment program, current U.S. policy accepts a high level of risk and corresponding likelihood of failure in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran if the weaponization track is at an advanced stage.
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  • Not just nukes: The military complex at Parchin is of interest not only because of the presumed weaponization facilities there, but also because it is a central and vital part of Iran's diverse and disturbing military industrial program.
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Maseh Zarif is the Iran team lead and research manager for the American Enterprise Institute's Critical Threats Project.

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