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Iran's nuclear program
BASIC has been tracking and commenting upon the issues related to Iran’s nuclear program since 2003. Iran is developing its own fuel cycle, focused in the first instance upon its uranium conversion facility at Esfahan and its enrichment facility at Natanz. Concerned at the consequences for proliferation stemming from Iran’s lack of full disclosure on past activities, the IAEA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council have been attempting to prevent Iran from developing a full fuel cycle, but Iranian authorities have resisted. A series of Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions and condemning Iranian activities have been passed, to no avail.
BASIC is looking to encourage all sides to recognize the dangers of proliferation, but also to see how the current approaches to the problem could simply be exacerbating the conflict. BASIC staff have close contact with officials in the United Kingdom, United States and Iran. BASIC’s Executive Director, Paul Ingram, also hosts a weekly talk show on Iranian state-controlled TV discussing strategic issues, in which the nuclear program comes up regularly.