FAS Conference Call: A Conversation With An Expert – Thursday, 5/20

On Thursday, May 20, 2010, FAS will hold a conference call with members on the technical aspects of Iran’s enrichment program, and the recently issued FAS report– The Twenty Percent Solution: Breaking the Iranian Stalemate.

Dr. Ivan Oelrich, Vice President of the Strategic Security Program, and FAS Researcher Ivanka Barzashka will speak about their proposal to break the Iranian stalemate by reaching a deal to refuel the Tehran research reactor. They will also discuss their assessment of Iran’s enrichment capability, the fuel enrichment plant in Fordow, and Iran’s plan to build ten more enrichment facilities.

FAS invites you to join the conversation. This is your chance to question our experts live. The conference call will last 45 minutes, with 30 minutes of Q&A.

The submission of questions prior to the call is highly recommended. If you would like to submit a question, please reply to this post.

If you have any questions about the call, please feel free email me at [email protected]

0 thoughts on “FAS Conference Call: A Conversation With An Expert – Thursday, 5/20

  1. As the former supervisor of the TRR, 1967-1973 and former Director of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, 1973-1979, I have first hand knowledge of this research reactor and the nuclear situation in Iran to this date.
    My questions:
    1. Why should Iran accept this proposal? It is geared more to the interest of the west.
    2. To make the proposal possibly acceptable to Iran, it should be amended to recommend that the fuel swap be mad in Iran does not trust the west. Chances are, Iran may accept this proposal
    Finally my comment is:
    6. P3: The paper states, “ ..announcement by President Obama, Sarkozy, and PM Brown that Tehran had been constructing a clandestine enrichment facility in the mountains of Qom”. Note: This statement is wrong as the Qom facility is not clandestine:
    • The Qom facility is just like the Natanz enrichment plant and is NOT clandestine.
    • Iran signed but never ratified the IAEA Additional Protocols and hence has no obligations to IAEA or anyone to declare construction of the Qom facility until 180 days before introduction of nuclear fuel. That is exactly what Iran did and informed the IAEA. There no non-compliance with the NPT. Unfortunately, the US mass media without understanding the details of Iran’s safeguards agreement with the IAEA publish misleading information about Qom facility
    Thank you.

  2. Will further sanctions punish the Iranian people as did the sanctions against Irak? To what extent do you believe sanctions against the Iranian people is the appropriate way to deal with its government? Will the hypothetical sanctions include the prohibition of selling or donating medicines and medical equipments to Iran?

  3. Typo in my previous message. It says, “is the appropriate.” It should say, “are the appropriate.”

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