The year was 1967 , ten years after the United States and Imperial Iran signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement as part of America’s Atoms for Peace program. At the time Iran debuted its first nuclear facility in Tehran, a 5-megawatt nuclear research reactor, supplied by the United States and fueled by highly enriched uranium. Fast forward 45 years and the very same two countries are locked in a bitter strategic rivalry over an array of issues with Iran’s nuclear program playing the leading role in this rivalry.
Recently, in a roundtable organized by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, three leading experts–Control Law blogger Daniel Joyner, the Hudson Institute’s Christopher Ford, and Vertic’s executive director, Andreas Persbo–will be discussing Iran and IAEA compliance standards. The Bulletin will be adding new articles to the roundtable through December 17. The roundtable comes at a particularly sensitive time as officials from the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran are rumored to be preparing for direct talks in the next few weeks. You can follow the roundtable in its entirety here.