More on 2012 Iran POE Report

I blogged the report “the other day,”: but didn’t say anything about it.

A couple of things jumped out at me. One is the extensive discussion about “the role of carbon fibre in the Iranian nuclear programme and as a target for procurement.” The information about the general use of carbon fiber in centrifuges, as well as its particular role in Iran’s program, can be found elsewhere, but it’s nice to have it in an official UN document.

The second item is the discussion of Iran’s attempts to procure uranium – a substance the country does not have in abundance. According to the report, “Iran is believed by a number of Member States to be seeking new sources of uranium ore to supply its enrichment efforts,” adding that “Member States have informed the Panel that emerging suppliers are potential targets for attempted acquisition” of uranium by Iran.

The report does say that “no procurement attempts have been reported
to the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006)” and that “the Panel is not aware of any confirmed cases of actual transfers.”

Out of town for a little more than a week, so read something else.

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