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In Iran's Nuclear Option: Tehran's Quest for the Atom Bomb, Al J. Venter lays out in meticulous detail the mullah regime's silent march toward acquiring nuclear weapons. He first describes the nature of the Iranian regime, which evolved from the Islamic revolution of 1979. He then turns to the mechanics of Iran's nuclear program, its acquisitions through the international black market, and the technological problems it has steadily overcome. He also examines Iran's missile program, developed with the help of North Korea, its unconventional weapons, and Tehran's record of fostering terrorism through the auspices of its fanatic Pasdaran military arm.
Of special interest in this book is a rare look at a rogue nuclear weapons program that once succeeded. In tracing the development of atomic weapons in his native South Africa, the author provides a grim case example of what the Iranian regime is capable of achieving, as well as a glimpse of the new diaspora of nuclear scientists flung off by the end of Apartheid.
In this new millennium to date, the West has repeatedly been surprised, both tactically and strategically, by developments rising from within the world of Islam. In this book the facts are laid out in stark detail, along with their politco-historical context, and an analysis of the ambitions the Islamic Republic of Iran holds for the future.
Drawing on numerous expert sources as well as his own wealth of firsthand experience, Al J. Venter provides us with a clear warning about the crisis that lies just beyond the current horizon in the Middle East. Filled with scholarship, insight, and a cold-eyed view of developing events, Iran's Nuclear Option is essential reading for the public and Western policymakers alike.
|Part I||The Islamic Republic of Iran|
|1||Iran: Its People and Government||27|
|2||The Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988||45|
|3||Iran's Shi'ites: Provocative and Driven||67|
|Part II||Iran's Nuclear Pursuits|
|4||How Close is Iran to Building an A-Bomb?||85|
|6||Iran's Multi-Stemmed Centrifuge Program: An Overview||131|
|7||Nuclear Link-up: South Africa and Iran||151|
|8||Case Study: South Africa's Atom Bomb||175|
|Part III||Iran's Troubled Role in World Affairs|
|9||Building Guided Missiles to Hit Israel||195|
|10||Iran's History of Terror||213|
|11||Iran's Unconventional Weapons||237|
|12||Pasdaran: The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps||253|
|Appendix A||The Russia-Iran Nuclear Connection||299|
|Appendix B||IAEA Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran||315|
|Appendix C||Iran's Economy and Oil and Gas Resources||325|
|Appendix D||How Saddam Hussein Almost Built His Bomb||341|
|Appendix E||Close-Quarter Observations: The South African Nuclear Weapons Program||359|
|Appendix F||Iran's Missiles: Devils in the Detail||373|
|Appendix G||Pasdaran's Protege: Hizbollah||383|
|Acronyms, Technical, Arabic, and Persian Words and Phrases||403|