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New autonomous sanctions against Iran

On 6 December 2011 the Australian Government announced its intention to impose additional sanctions against Iran, ‘targeting additional entities and individuals for their involvement in Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs’.This follows the introduction on 21 November by the governments of the United States (US), Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) of additional autonomous sanctions against Iran in response to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors’ report about the advancement of Iran’s nuclear research and development program.   On 1 December the European Union (EU) foreign ministers decided to impose additional EU financial and energy sanctions against Ir... Read more...

Iran's first nuclear power plant: a proliferation threat?

On 21 August 2010, Russian engineers began loading fuel into the Bushehr nuclear reactor in southern Iran. Once the start-up is complete, Bushehr will be the first operational nuclear power plant in the Middle East.Construction of two nuclear reactors at Bushehr began in 1975, following an agreement between the Shah’s government and German company Kraftwerk Union, a subsidiary of Siemens. At the time of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, one of the reactors was reported to be 75 per cent complete. Following the Revolution, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini announced his opposition to nuclear technology, labelling it a ‘suspicious Western innovation’ and construction at Bushehr was susp... Read more...

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