Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org)Iran has “taken many actions that have compounded
suspicions that it has not stopped its uranium laser enrichment activities,”
despite claiming in 2003 that it had abandoned this process, said a new Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) report which
recommended additional Iran sanctions.
Iran sanctions need to be increased, a report by the the Institute for Science and International Security states. Credit: Wikimedia commons.
The ISIS report, released Monday, was based on the analysis
of satellite imagery. The laser-based enrichment process can generate civilian
nuclear fuel as well as bomb material. The actions referred to in the ISIS
report include Iran’s “development of advanced lasers suitable for uranium
enrichment, its past secret laser enrichment program, the extensive construction
at the site of its original undeclared uranium laser enrichment program
(Lashkar Ab’ad), and a 2010 high-profile Iranian announcement about having a
uranium laser enrichment capability.”
s long as Iran fails to satisfy the concerns of the International
Atomic Energy Agency (the United Nations nuclear watchdog), the ISIS report
recommended additional measures that “increase Iran’s difficulty to pursue laser
uranium enrichment programs,” such as additional Iran sanctions.
Countries should detect and thwart “any Iranian
procurements of laser enrichment related technology, equipment, and materials,
including subcomponents of advanced lasers,” the report said.